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Nathan Pacheco: A Testimony in Song

Nathan Pacheco who was born in Virginia and is of Brazilian descent, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was raised in Washington D.C., and now lives at the Yanni-Wake Entertainment compound in West Palm Beach, Florida where he writes his own music.

Mormon Singer Nathan PachecoNathan is a gifted tenor operatic singer and was a featured vocalist during the 2009 project known as “Yanni Voices,” a project that would require a couple of years of recording time in the studio followed by an on the road tour that lasted for three years consisting of about 80 concerts in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Nathan can also be heard on the “Voices” album which was produced by Walt Disney Records.

Ric Wake, a record producer who has worked with such music artists as Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, and Barry Manilow, auditioned Nathan and immediately introduced him to Yanni who is a a Greek self-taught pianist, keyboardist, and composer. Yanni took Nathan under his wing, and has not only allowed Nathan’s vocal talent to shine, but he also asked Nathan to write lyrics (in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish) and melodies for some of his most famous instrumental tracks, such as “Adagio,” “Tribute,” “Almost a Whisper,” “Enchantment,” “Secret Vows” and “In the Mirror.” Upon completion of the recordings with Yanni, Nathan gained national attention as the featured performer in two PBS television specials which were broadcast throughout 2008 through 2010. Nathan then joined Yanni and his orchestra as a featured performer on a 100 concert tour throughout Latin America, Canada, and the United States.

Of his love for singing, Nathan has said:

I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I was raised in a musical home — even one of those homes where you were woken up before school to practice the piano and learn your music. So, I learned to play the piano and violin, but my passion…my passion was really basketball. Almost every day after school I went straight to the neighborhood basketball court to compete with friends. Reality set in, however, right around the age of 15: the NBA was not in my future!

Around this time, I was also involved in the high school choirs and musicals and I loved getting on that stage toperform. I started taking classical voice lessons as well and that’s when it all began. I would listen to recordings of the 3 Tenors over and over again — I had no clue what they were saying at the time, but there was something about their way of singing, as well as the style of the music, that reached deep down inside and moved me in a profound way. So there at the age of 16, I would try to mimic them and sing those high notes and capture the same emotion that they did, but I didn’t even come close! (Nathan Pacheco; “My Story“; http://www.mormonwiki.com/Nathan_Pacheco).

Nathan graduated from the vocal performance program at Brigham Young University in 2005. He soon followed his love of culture and languages by continuing his education abroad in South America and Europe. He spent over two years in Brazil, being immersed in its culture and allowing its influence to contribute to his musical development. While traveling throughout the country he participated in a small concert series and performed both classical and some of Brazil’s cultural music. He also did a study-abroad program in Italy and performed with the Opera Festival of Lucca. In all of his world travels he was resolute in learning the languages of the countries that he visited. As a result, he is able to speak and compose in English, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish.

In 2009, Nathan relocated to Southern California after being signed to the Disney Pearl Series label and has been writing the songs that will make up his debut solo album which is scheduled for release in September 2012. For the album Nathan has collaborated with many writers under the direction of producer/composer Leo – Z (Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban), and recorded with the Philharmonic Orchestra in London at Air Studios. In 2011, Nathan did the operatic bridge for the song “Let’s Talk About Me” from The Muppets. He is currently preparing for a concert that will be broadcast as a PBS special in August and December 2012.

Nathan served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil, and his testimony of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ shines forth in his performances.

 

 

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