Katherine Jenkins is the world's most prolific classical crossover artist. Since launching her career in 2004, the Welsh Mezzo Soprano has sold in excess of seven million albums.
Best known from her unique interpretations of popular songs, operatic arias and hymns, Katherine, from the tiny village of Neath in the Welsh Valleys, is also known for her long standing work with the British Forces Foundation, for which she is a trustee, that has led to her being referred to as the Forces Sweetheart.
An internationally recognised figure, Katherine at the age of only 31, has become an ambassador and inspiration for millions of people around the world.
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When she was still only 23, Katherine signed what was said to be the biggest ever UK classical recording deal and was soon outselling such operatic giants as Kiri te Kanawa and Angela Gheorghiu.
The deal came after she had sung “Una voce poco fa” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at an interview that she had been invited to by her then record label Universal.
Her stratospheric rise has made Katherine the fastest selling soprano ever. Having released eight studio albums, she has won various BRIT awards and broken countless records with her albums going platinum around the world.
She has performed with Placido Domingo, had lunch with the Queen, and become a regular fixture at Remembrance Sunday, there is nothing quite like Katherine Jenkins.
Having worked with internationally renowned producers including David Foster and John Shanks, Katherine’s unique and timeless vocals have defined the genre.
In the UK, she has also reached a whole new audience, 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. 2010 also saw her land the guest star role in the Dr Who Christmas Special.
Together with Katherine's appearances on prime-time TV hits like The X Factor have all helped change the perception of classical music and expand the audience for the crossover style pioneered by Katherine since her debut in 2004.
In the US Katherine was a contestant on Season 14 on Dancing With The Stars, where she opened the season with the highest ever debut, and was runner up in the final.
Cherished as one of Britain’s favourite singers, Katherine has now become one of our greatest musical exports.