It was honestly as simple as that- I was practically jumping out of my seat waiting for him to come on stage, and when he did I came seriously close to that embarrassing fangirling that I always find so repulsive in footage of Justin Bieber concerts.
When he sang “Bring Him Home” from Les Mis early on in the performance, I nearly cried. His voice was so beautiful and powerful, and had all the emotion that the song should bear. I think God has blessed him with one of the most amazing voices in the world.
After the show (which had a wonderfully long encore), which included music from Doc Watson, Johnny Cash, great musicals, and several of his own pieces (some of which were folk songs, and many of you must know my love of folk music), we went out into the lobby-ish area and waited to meet the man himself.
We actually talked for a bit, and I can honestly say that Ramin Karimloo was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. He’s encouraging and real and super humble, despite being mind-blowingly talented. His openness in giving God the glory in subtle ways was really wonderful as well. Overall, it was seriously the best night I can remember of my life. I’m torn between hoping his music takes off like crazy for his sake and hoping it doesn’t so I can always get tickets when he’s in the country.
I would seriously encourage y’all to check him out if you don’t know his music- the 25th Anniversary of the Phantom of the Opera, the Original Cast Recording of Love Never Dies, the 25th Anniversary Concert dvd for Les Misérables, and his own solo album, “Any Human Heart”, are just a few examples of the music you can look into to hear his incredible talent.
I dare you to watch the video linked below and not become a fan: