Having mastered the technique of singing long ago, Nathan Pacheco could go toe-to-toe with the finest operatic tenors. But for Nathan, technique is, well, just a technicality, a tool for conveying emotion. In everything he sings – from Puccini to Leonard Cohen – feeling is all that counts. After making waves with the Voices project in 2009, this rising vocal superstar now takes the spotlight with his self-titled debut Disney Pearl album.
Produced by Leo Z (Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and Tom Hanks’ “Electric City”), the album showcases Nathan’s remarkable versatility. Over the 12 tracks, he sings in four languages and multiple genres, from pop to folk to opera. Few voices can pull off such a feat, but Nathan makes it look easy and sound beautiful. "All my efforts to master technique are for the sole purpose of connecting with people," he says. "That’s what I go for every time. The more control I have, the more freedom I have to express what I feel."
From the opening track, "Avatar," which he co-wrote, Nathan shows his hand: warm, passionate vocals conveying tales of love, hope and glory. “I love singing songs that are just beautiful,” he says. “Some, like ‘Avatar,’ are completely pop and have nothing to do with opera. Others focus on the classical side of singing. There’s no scientific formula: I just find great songs I can connect with.”
With his opera background, Italian comes naturally to Nathan, as is clear in power ballads like "Infinito Amore," "Caruso," and "La Scelta." Says Nathan, "For 15 years I’ve been singing in Italian. There’s something about the language that lends itself to my style. It allows my voice to soar.”