Former call phone salesman, cancer survivor and now Britians Got Talent winner Paul Potts has spent most of his life feeling insignificant and bullied, but says that his voice was always his one true friend, a voice that Simon Cowell calls simply magical. Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts has spent most of his life feeling 'insignificant'. Bullied at school for being 'different', he realized growing up that he had one true friend and that was his voice. Singing was his escape. He was able to lose himself in his own little world - the vicious words of his tormentors replaced by hauntingly beautiful lyrics and melodies that lifted his heart and spirit. It was a love, a passion, a lifeline that would follow Paul into adulthood and help him through many more periods of adversity. Though it's fair to say that when Paul strolled awkwardly - almost apologetically - onto the Cardiff stage for his first Britainâ€™s Got Talent audition a week before that final, in his now infamous Â£35 Tesco suit, and announced to Simon and fellow judges Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan that he was going to sing opera, they never thought for one minute they were looking at their winner. Until he opened his mouth and started to sing. Paul Potts Photos
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Together is the debut album from Jonathan & Charlotte, the duo who shot to fame on the hit TV show Britain's Got Talent with their dazzling rendition of "The Prayer." Jonathan Antoine, 17 with his tenor vocals and Charlotte Jaconelli, 16, with her poised soprano surprised the audience and judges with their show-stopping performances during the phenomenally successful sixth series of Britain's Got Talent. Jonathan Antoine sings with the rich tenor of a world-class opera star; in fact, his fans have already dubbed him "the British Pavarotti." He and his singing partner and close friend Charlotte Jaconelli were originally paired a few years ago by their music teacher, who thought their voices would complement each other. At her suggestion, they sang "The Prayer" for their music class final (they got an "A") and the teacher was so impressed she later requested that they sing it at her wedding. "Together" sees the duo join forces with acclaimed producer Graham Stack, who has worked with stars like Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, LeAnn Rimes, Take That, Natalie Cole and Rod Stewart.The album features stunning hits, "Ave Maria" and "Canto Della Terra." Jonathan & Charlotte also fearlessly take on iconic pop songs including Take That's "Rule The World" and Muse's "Unintended," giving them a new identity. The album also features the two songs they sang during the televised competition last May: "The Prayer," originally sung by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, and "Caruso," the heartbreaking love song that became a trademark of the late superstar tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Also on the album are covers of some of Jonathan and Charlotte s favorite songs from all different genres including "Everybody Hurts" (originally recorded by REM), "Somewhere" (from the musical West Side Story), and "Your Song," by Elton John.
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On Songs From The Silver Screen, Jackie Evancho applies her brilliant voice and extraordinary artistry to an entirely new set of classics. On her first two full-length albums, Jackie explored musical classics from arias to holiday standards. For Silver Screen, she offers her interpretations of a whole new category of classic music the much-loved movie melodies that have become part of our cultural landscape. "When I saw the movie version of The Phantom of the Opera when I was 7 years old, it made me want to become a singer 'The Music of the Night' is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and I've always wanted to perform it"[in public] says Jackie. "My enjoyment of the Phantom score is one of the things that gave us the idea to focus an entire album on songs that stayed in our minds for a long time after the movies were over." For this album, Jackie collaborated with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Humberto Gatica, whose lengthy and impressive experience in the music industry has seen him work closely with Grammy award winning producer, David Foster, as well as with superstars like Michael Buble, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand. Jackie has some impressive company on some of the tracks. Famed violinist Joshua Bell accompanies her on one track ("My Heart Will Go On"from Titanic) as does trumpet player Chris Botti ("The Summer Knows" from The Summer of 42) and 2Cellos ("Se" from Cinema Paradiso). There are also very special duets, one with The Canadian Tenors ("Come What May" from Moulin Rouge) and one with her older brother, Jacob Evancho ("I See the Light" from Tangled). No one can sing classical crossover music with the technical precision, emotion and intelligence that Jackie brings to it, says Gatica. With the songs we've selected for this album, we can show her fans how her talent has only deepened and matured since Dream With Me, which I think was one of the most outstanding albums of 2011.
This is a concept album all the way, with tales of Christmas kindness intertwined with masterful musicianship as they play traditionals plus their own An Angel Came Down; First Snow; Ornament; Old City Bar , and more! Is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve and Other Stories a holiday rock opera? Or perhaps just a holiday prog-rock disc? Or maybe it's New Age? Whatever the case may be, this isn't your typical Christmas album. Filled with electric guitar solos, plenty of synthesized keyboards, a children's choir, and lively drumming, Christmas Eve can only be compared to one other record, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's other holiday disc, The Christmas Attic. On this CD, angelic vocal solos (on numbers such as "The Prince of Peace") are interspersed with driving instrumentals. Sentimental, occasionally bombastic, but as high-concept as holiday albums can be. --Jason Verlinde
Il Divo are back refreshed, reinvigorated and ready to remind the world in 2008 just what they have been missing. Four of the greatest operatic voices in the world come together again to create their unique signature sound to re-interpret popular romantic songs. The Promise features 12 songs once again produced by Steve Mac (Il Divo, The Christmas Collection, Ancora, Siempre). The Promise is Il Divo's first release in two years. Il Divo have become an international sensation bringing the sound of opera to the world of popular music since their debut in 2002. Il Divo has sold over 22 million albums worldwide.
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The new album from the Platinum-selling teenage vocal sensationFourteen-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho's new album, "Awakening," signals some new directions for the platinum-selling artist. Without foregoing the beautiful and lush classical-crossover compositions for which Evancho has became famous, she also extends her stylistic reach with contemporary material on songs such as the haunting folk song "The Rains of Castamere" from HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones." Jackie also takes a bigger step forward on her version of U2's "With or Without You," and also sings a few original songs including the anthem "Take Me There" and "Open Fields of Grace," which were written especially for her. Produced by Nick Patrick, "Awakening" also features the ethereal ballad "Memories" by the Dutch band, Within Temptation, and the popular classic "Think of Me" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. Rounding out the album are the classical standards "Ave Maria" and Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise." Says Evancho about "Awakening," "I feel that my singing style has matured, and it's easier for me to feel comfortable onstage." Jackie will be filming a new PBS pledge special that will air nationally in December and will be touring throughout the U.S. starting in November 2014.Jackie Evancho dazzled American television audiences at age ten gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC's "America's Got Talent." Since then, she has released a string of successful albums, acted in Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" alongside Susan Sarandon and performed for President and Mrs. Obama at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington D.C. Earlier this year, Jackie performed at the PBS Memorial Day Concert and also at the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Throughout the summer Jackie is doing a special promotion with tween clothing store Justice. She will be featured in their summer catalogue and the video for an exclusive song she recorded for the chain, "Go Time," will be featured on t...
The Most Relaxing Classical Music in The Universe, the 1st 2-CD set in the & Most Relaxing, series features some of the most well known classical pieces of all time, including Canon in D, Clair De Lune, Fur Elise, Ave Marie, Moonlight Sonata, Adagio for Strings, Greensleeves, and More! Perfect for the casual music listener, this collection features nearly 2 hours of music to study, read and relax at home with. Purchase a copy now and sooth your soul with the the Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe!
After three seasons of radio and sales success with Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents the second installment of a planned trilogy. The Christmas Attic is told through a blend of symphonic and rock music.No Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRATitle: CHRISTMAS ATTICStreet Release Date: 10/13/1998
A gorgeous collection of classical, Welsh and Gaelic favorites including "Pie Jesu." Those leery and weary of tasteless crossover need not shudder at the sight of this disc, which has sold over half a million copies in Europe. There's none of the softcore kiddie porn that came with Vanessa-Mae or the heavily packaged faux romanticism of Andrea Bocelli. (That of course doesn't necessarily mean that you'll want Voice of an Angel.) This 12-year-old Welsh soprano is so uncloyingly cute and has such an appealing personality (with just enough touch of cheek) that you'd almost rather have her as a dinner guest than on your CD player. Her small, attractive, sometimes unstable but always sincere soprano perhaps went to the top of the British charts because it clicks into the boy-soprano choir tradition so prevalent there, especially since many of the selections are sacred items such as "The Lord's Prayer" and "Ave Maria." And Church may pick up some fans thanks to the tail end of Celtic chic, with the Welsh folk songs and the rendition of "Danny Boy." But this promises to be yet another short-lived media phenomenon, rather than the beginning of a lengthy career. --David Patrick Stearns