Release date: April 2012
Ramin is the debut studio album from Iranian-born Canadian actor and singer Ramin Karimloo. It was released in the UK on April 9, 2012.
Karimloo said in anticipation of the album: "I have a huge love for country and bluegrass, I love rock 'n' roll and I love what I'm doing, so it was how to balance all that". He went on to say, "I didn't want to be just a theatre star putting out an album. It was only when they started talking about writing and bringing in other writers that I got interested. I wanted to have lived the songs. I wanted an album that was like a diary." He has cited influences as diverse as The Tragically Hip, Johnny Cash and Mumford and Sons, and so a straightforward West End leading man album of covers was never really on the cards: "I wanted to marry that rocky sound with things that people know me more for".
The album was produced by Tom Nichols, who has worked with world-class vocalists from Céline Dion to Hayley Westenra. It includes not only his own compositions but covers of Bryan Adams and Muse songs and his own take on "Music of the Night" from The Phantom of the Opera and "'Til I Hear You Sing" from Love Never Dies.
The album debuted at number sixteen on the UK Albums Chart.