SummaryA second coming for this classic soul album featuring Stevie Wonder, Estelle and more...
Omar's 'Sing (If You Want It)' album - featuring collaborators including Stevie Wonder, Estelle, Common and Angie Stone - will be re-released by Tru Thoughts on 18th July 2011 with the addition of two new bonus tracks (one of which, the Zed Bias collaboration "Dancing", is currently riding high on the BBC 1Xtra playlist, and the other is a remix by Bob Sinclar, the multi-million selling producer behind the smash hit "Love Generation").
Omar's sixth album, 'Sing (If You Want It)' is a bona fide soul classic and was all set to tip the UK soul sensation into the pop-star realm, once and for all, on its release in 2005. However, a series of setbacks - not least the sudden collapse of the record label involved, a week after release - severely dented its chances of breakthrough success. Hardly a flop, it impressively still sold over 50,000 copies, but as Tru Thoughts A&R and long-time Omar fan Robert Luis says, "it was so heavily anticipated, and with collabs from the likes of Stevie Wonder...well, everyone knew it could have sold ten times that".
Omar's enviable career - which has seen him sell over half a million records - including his worldwide hit "There's Nothing Like This", in 1992, which captured the imagination of soul fans the world over; Stevie Wonder declared himself a fan on first hearing it, and vowed to work with him. His list of collaborators include Erykah Badu and legendary Motown producers Leon Ware and Lamont Dozier. Robert Luis summarises: "Omar is just a hugely influential and talented artist, and importantly he has always been respected by fellow musicians, which is proved by all the people queuing up to collaborate with him."