Katherine Jenkins | Presenter | Host | Performer
Since the release of her debut album in 2004, Katherine Jenkins, the golden voiced singer from Neath has gone on to win the hearts of audiences around the world.
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Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano and a hugely popular classical-crossover singer who performs across a spectrum of operatic arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns.
After winning singing competitions in her youth, Katherine studied at the Royal Academy of Music, modelled and gave singing lessons. She came to wide public attention in 2003 when she sang at Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul II's silver jubilee. Since 2004, she has released numerous albums that have performed well on UK and foreign charts. In both 2005 and 2006, her albums received Classic Brit Awards as Album of the Year. She has also been seen widely in concert, including concerts for UK troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has sung at sporting events, on television shows and in support of many charities. In Spring 2012, she competed on the US television show Dancing with the Stars, finishing in second place, behind NFL Super Bowl champion Donald Driver.
In the two years after releasing her album Believe, Katherine has performed around the globe, turned 30, made her acting debut in Dr Who and become a mentor and judge on Popstar To Operastar. Life has changed in so many ways since the young Welsh mezzo-soprano started singing her way into our people's hearts, yet one thing remains constant – her voice. Katherine’s latest album recorded in London and Los Angeles, Daydream captures the ever-evolving range of Katherine's remarkable voice on songs from all ends of the musical spectrum – classical, choral, traditional, musical theatre and pop. Daydream features two Welsh hymns, Blaenwern and Hyfrodol, that the one-time Welsh Choirgirl of the Year first sang as a seven-year-old child in her church in Neath, backed here by the Crouch End Festival Chorus – old pals of KJ's from her years living in north London. And, in something of a departure, there are two traditional Irish and Scottish songs, Carrickfergus and Black Is The Colour (Of My True Love's Hair) that tap into her Celtic heritage and growing fondness for folk music.
Katherine has also reached a whole new audience in the UK, including many younger fans coming on board for the first time, thanks to her appearances as a mentor in two series of ITV's Popstar To Operastar. Then there was that memorable role as Abigail Pettigrew in last winter's Dr Who Christmas Special. “That has completely changed things,” she admits. “I started getting kids in the street, who probably were not aware of me as a singer, pointing and saying: 'There's that girl off Dr Who.'” It was, she says, a baptism of fire for a singer with no previous acting experience. “When I read the script I was not sure I could do it, even though I desperately wanted to. But when I saw that Abigail's singing saved the world I thought that was just brilliant – something to tell my grandchildren about one day.”
That, together with Katherine's appearances on prime-time TV hits like The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and The Apprentice, has all helped change the perception of classical music and expand the audience for the crossover style pioneered by Katherine since her debut in 2004.
Katherine is available for both corporate and private engagements both in the UK and overseas.