Nathan Hartono is back at the Esplanade. And this time, he does not need any hand-holding.
At just age 15, the singer held his first solo concert in 2007 at the Esplanade Recital Studio – the youngest artist featured at the venue’s Late Nite series of gigs.
Back then, the Singaporean confesses, he needed to be “led around”.
“When you’re 15 years, you don’t know what on earth you’re doing,” says Hartono, now 22, of that sold-out Esplanade gig.
Come Jan 17, the suave crooner will return to the arts centre by the bay to play two solo shows at the same recital studio.
Then, audiences can witness for themselves the sea change that he has undergone.
“That was a very different experience,” he says of his last outing there, “mostly because I was a lot younger. I guess my musicality wasn’t fully formed yet. I wasn’t entirely sure of what I was doing and there was a whole concert production team behind me so it was a lot easier to have someone hold my hand.”
He is his own man now. Unlike his other shows, the upcoming sets will feature fewer cover versions and comprise mostly original tunes.
“It’s going to be a lot more of me,” he says.