Nathan James at Sub89 on FridayBy Laura McCardle
September 12, 2012
Reading's very own superstar Nathan James ‘can’t wait’ to take the Sub89 stage and perform in front of his hometown fans.
The 24-year-old Sonning lad, who counts Jon Bon Jovi and David Coverdale among his musical idols, will be supported by local band Private Jet when he shows off his talent at the Friar Street venue on Friday night.
It will be the first time Nathan, who hails from Whitley Wood, has performed a gig in Reading since he found fame on ITV’s Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s quest to find a leading man for his production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
The former Waingels College pupil, who reached the quarter final of the show and appeared on BBC One’s The Voice, will sing covers of some of his favourite songs, including Lady Gaga’s Born this Way, as well as original tracks from his debut album.
Asked what his fans can expect from his show, Nathan, who was also a judge on the recent Has Reading Got Talent?, said: “They will hear songs I sang on Superstar, they’ll also hear the song I sang very briefly on The Voice, and they will get to know me as well because no one has ever really seen me speak as a person.”
On Superstar, Nathan came up against some controversy with Lord Lloyd Webber saying he had a ‘God-given voice’ but lacked the ‘self-doubt’ required to take on the role.
Now the performer says he is looking forward to showing people the real him at Sub89.
“It will be good for people to see me speak without TV cameras,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it being a lot less pressurised.
“It will be a very good night and they will hear a bit of everything and will get to see me doing what I do.”
Nathan, who is gearing up to play a series of American gigs in January, said he was very excited about performing in front of his fans and is grateful for the support he has received from his home town.
He said: “It makes me feel great and it feels fantastic knowing that people here and at the paper and Reading 107 are supporting me.
“It’s just nice to know people care about you when you get home.
“I’ve sold quite a lot of tickets already and it’s quite humbling.
“It’s really lovely – you can go anywhere in the world but you should be able to come home, and I get that in Reading.”
Tickets for Nathan’s gig are £8 in advance or £10 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm. To buy tickets, visit www.sub89.com.
To find out more about Nathan, visit www.nathanrocksinger.com