American-Yemeni YouTube sensation Adam Saleh has cultivated a loveable, funnyman persona through nearly 700 YouTube videos, ranging from daily vlogs to comedy sketches, that mostly promote Islam.
But his new single, a solemn affair that finds Saleh comforting a bereaved family member, is part of his goal to branch out.
“I am only 22 and I want to try everything. I don’t want to be someone in his 50s saying I wish I done this and that. I always want to try new things.”
Such as his decision to take his jokes and banter to the live stage: Saleh is set to perform a one-man show in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in December, with dates and the venue to be revealed soon.
What was the inspiration for Tears? It is a song that’s dedicated to my cousin, whose father passed away. She got married and her father wasn’t there and she was very sad about it and she had tears. I wanted to do something about that, to write a song to say that I am there for you, so I began writing some lyrics and it really began from there. I think a lot of people can relate to this song because they would know of people who helped them and stood by there side.
Adam Saleh’s debut solo single – hip-hop track Tears, featuring UK singer Zac Knight is available on iTunes .