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Katherine Jenkins

Real name: Katherine Jenkins
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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Katherine Jenkins (born 29 June 1980 in Neath, Wales) is an award-winning Welsh mezzo-soprano. Her first album Premiere made her the fastest selling soprano of all time and she later became the first British classical artist to have two number one albums in the same year.

Jenkins has recorded several number one albums which feature arias, popular songs, hymns and classical crossover music and has performed in a large number of concerts around the United Kingdom and other countries, including the United States and Australia.

Jenkins has also recorded the song "You Are My Miracle" as a duet with Vittorio Grigolo for his debut album In The Hands of Love in 2006. She made a cameo appearance in two episodes of Emmerdale on May 16 and 17, 2007, which saw her opening the village pageant. Jenkins has recently teamed up with Darcey Bussell, who have planed to put on a song and dance production to pay tribute to the stars which have inspired them. With a £1 million budget, the show is due to be launched in Manchester in November and is entitled Viva la Diva. On August 12, 2007 Jenkins appeared on ITV's Britain's Favourite View where she nominated Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula in Wales to be voted as Britain's favourite view. She took cameras on a tour of the bay and commented that the location has sentimental value to her.

Jenkins was the first person to perform the Home Nations anthem "The Power of Four". She has also appeared regularly as the singer for the Welsh national anthem "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" at Welsh international rugby matches. As well as her appearances before Rugby Union matches, in 2004, Jenkins sang at the Rugby League Powergen Challenge Cup final between St. Helens and Wigan. Jenkins is now the official mascot for the Wales rugby team.

Jenkins' Italian-language version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" ("L'Amore Sei Tu"), first performed live at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire on August 28, 2005, was the first cut on Jenkins' 2005 album Living A Dream. Jenkins also sang "I Feel Love" in front of The Queen at the 2005 Royal Variety Performance, whilst wearing a flashing, multicoloured dress. She also performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway on December 11, 2005.

Between 1990 and 1996 Jenkins was a member of the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Singers, where she achieved the St Cecilia Award, which was thought of as a high accolade. She twice won the BBC Radio 2 Welsh Choirgirl of the Year contest, and won the BET Welsh Choirgirl of the Year. Jenkins was also awarded the Pelenna Valley Male Voice Choir Scholarship for the most promising young singer, and at the age of seventeen, she won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. After entering a modeling competition, Jenkins was made the Face of Wales in 2000 and then decided to focus more intently on her musical career.

Jenkins has one sister. Her father, Selwyn Jenkins, died of cancer when she was a teenager, and she has remarked on missing him in her album liner notes.


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