The Welsh classical singer is one of the most recognised contemporary names associated with the musical genre.
The Welsh classical singer is one of the most recognised contemporary names associated with the musical genre. Katherine Jenkins has sung at many famous events in her career, including the silver jubilee of Pope John Paul II, the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final in Cardiff, the Royal Variety Performance, Nobel Peace Prize Concert and many charitable events. With several successful studio albums, a string of tours and several TV appearances under her belt, Jenkins has become a household name of modern classical music. The singer was born in Neath in Wales, where she studied music at school and performed in church choirs. She received awards for her vocal talents and won various talent contests, such as the BBC Radio 2 Welsh Choirgirl of the Year and the BET Welsh Choirgirl of the Year. Her efforts lead to the most lucrative deal to be offered in recording history, where Universal proposed a six-album deal worth six figures. The deal seemingly paid off with six of her seven studio albums reaching top spot of the UK classical charts. Some of most memorable tracks to date include ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ (2004), ‘Hallelujah’ (2014), and a cover of Evanescence’s ‘Bring Me To Life’ (2009). Her debut album ‘Premiere’ and second album ‘Second Nature’ made her the first British classical crossover artist to have two number one albums in the same year, as well as the first female artist to receive two Classical BRIT Awards consecutively.