If your iPod is peppered with songs by Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and Jackie Evancho, you’ll find lots to love about Canadian tenor Cody Karey’s self-titled debut. The 23-year-old’s collection of soaring ballads doesn’t exactly break new ground, but Karey’s powerful voice and heart-melting lyrics will more than satisfy fans of the aforementioned masters of operatic pop (in fact, all have worked with famed producer David Foster).
Those searching for a “first dance” song will find plenty to choose from here, as virtually every track sounds tailor-made to accompany a waltz between newlyweds. Passion radiates from the achingly beautiful “You Are the Song,” while the guitar in “If Ever I Fall” is an unexpectedly pleasant accompaniment to Karey’s classically-trained voice. Even non Italian-speaking couples will appreciate “Tu Sei,” which nicely highlights Karey’s operatic range. This newcomer proves himself to be a welcome addition to the Grobans, Bocellis, and Evanchos of the world.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked Karey to share his favorite first dance songs. Listen to his swoon-worthy picks in the playlist below!