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Katherine Jenkins

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Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins is a celebrated performer, who emerged in the early 2000s as Britain's all-time best-selling classical artist of the past 25 years. Blessed with a warm voice and charismatic stage presence, Jenkins achieved wide recognition in 2003 after performing at Westminster Cathedral during Pope John Paul II's silver jubilee. Buoyed by that appearance, her 2004 debut, Premiere, hit number one on the U.K. Classical Album Chart. She has enjoyed both critical and commercial success since, with six of her albums reaching the top of the U.K. classical charts. Two of those albums, 2004's Second Nature, and 2005's Living a Dream, also took home the Classic Brit Award for Album of the Year. While she remains a star in Britain, she is internationally recognized, and in 2012 briefly shifted away from music to compete on ABC's Dancing with the Stars where she finished as a runner-up. In 2014, Jenkins was made on Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to music and for her charity work. Born June 29, 1980, in Neath, West Glamorgan, Wales, Jenkins fell under the sway of classical music at age seven, studying piano and singing in her local choir throughout childhood. In 1990, she joined the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Singers and also served with the National Youth Choir of Wales. At 17, Jenkins was accepted into London's Royal Academy of Music, tackling a series of operatic roles while studying Italian, German, French, and Russian. She continued pursuing opera as a postgraduate while moonlighting as a vocal instructor, but upon winning the Face of Wales modeling contest she instead supplemented her income as a fashion model. In 2003, Universal Classics signed Jenkins to a six-album, seven-figure recording contract, reputedly the largest deal in the U.K.'s classical music history. While at work on her debut LP, she performed at Westminster Cathedral in honor of Pope John Paul II and also made her inaugural appearance at the famed Sydney Opera House. Issued in the spring of 2004, Jenkins' debut, Premiere, immediately topped the classical music charts, and its success inspired a quickie follow-up, Second Nature. Together the albums vaulted the singer to a level of commercial success previously unknown in classical music circles, and she further exploited her growing mainstream popularity by recording a classical rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" for 2005's Living a Dream. Serenade topped both the U.K. classical and album charts in 2006, as did Rejoice the following year. Sacred Arias (2008) represented her last album for Universal before transitioning to Warner Bros. for the more contemporary Believe (2009) and Daydream (2011). The following year Jenkins released her first official holiday album, This Is Christmas. In 2013 she returned to Decca with the release of the L'Amour collection, and the same year raised over £25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in the U.K. by running the London marathon. Her dedication to charity and the music industry was recognized in 2014 with an O.B.E. at that year's New Year's honors. That same year, Jenkins returned to her classical crossover roots with the album Home Sweet Home, which featured a collection of rousing anthems with nods to her home country. Taking time away from the music industry to give birth to her first child in 2015, Jenkins returned in 2016 with her 11th studio album Celebration. Released to coincide with Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebrations, the album featured a host of patriotic numbers, including the full three-verse version of the British national anthem "God Save the Queen." The following year, she starred as Julie Jordan opposite Alfie Boe's Billy Bigelow in a staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel at the English National Opera. In 2018, she returned to her studio work with Guiding Light, which included the single "Jealous of the Angels." ~ Jason Ankeny & Rich Wilson
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Down in the River To Pray
  3.   I Believe
  4.   Parla Più Piano (Love Theme from The Godfather)
  5.   La Vie En Rose
  6.   Lakmé, opera~The Flower Duet
  7.   Adagio
  8.   Hallelujah, song
  9.   Green Green Grass of Home
  10.   Kiss from a Rose, song (for the film "Batman Forever")
  11.   Till There Was You
  12.   Se Si Perde Un Amore
  13.   Bring Me To Life
  14.   Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48~In Paradisum
  15.   I've Dreamed of You (Questo è per te)
  16.   Nella Fantasia
  17.   Madama Butterfly~One Fine Day (Un bel dì)
  18.   Be Still My Soul, for voice & piano (after Sibelius)
  19.   Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming
  20.   Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)
  21.   Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass
  22.   Ave Maria, for voice & organ
  23.   Agnus Dei, for chorus (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
  24.   Who Wants To Live Forever
  25.   La Califfa
  26.   Angel
  27.   May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
  28.   Abide with Me
  29.   Requiem for a Soldier
  30.   Le cose che sei per me (The Things You Are to Me), song
  31.   Cavalleria rusticana~Sancta Maria
  32.   Quello che faró sara per te (Everything I Do, I Do for You), song
  33.   Les Contes d'Hoffmann~Barcarolle
  34.   Carmen, opera~Chanson bohème
  35.   Gianni Schicchi~O Mio Babbino Caro
  36.   Granada
  37.   Lisa Lan
  38.   The Prayer
  39.   Dear Lord And Father of Mankind
  40.   Il Canto
  41.   Ave Maria
  42.   Be My Love
  43.   Rejoice, song
  44.   Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  45.   Love Never Dies
  46.   Pie Jesu, for soprano, treble & orchestra (from the Requiem)
  47.   Fear of Falling
  48.   Ancora Non Sai
  49.   Misa Criolla~Kyrie
  50.   The Lord Is My Shepherd
  51.   J'avais Reve d'une Autre Vie
  52.   Hymn to the Fallen featuring Jenny O'Grady
  53.   Barcelona
  54.   Somewhere
  55.   L' Amore Sei Tu (I Will Always Love You)
  56.   Blaenwern
  57.   Love Divine (Hyfrydol)
  58.   Can't Slow Down
  59.   Cymru Fach
  60.   (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
  61.   Nearer My God To Thee
  62.   Jealous of the Angels
  63.   The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  64.   How Do You Leave the One You Love?, song
  65.   Shout In Silence
  66.   Wexford Carol
  67.   The Ash Grove
  68.   Viva Tonight, song
  69.   I Will Pray for You, song
  70.   Be Still My Soul
  71.   Kiss from a Rose
  72.   Silent Night
  73.   World in Union
  74.   In Dulci Jubilo
  75.   Cinema Paradiso (Se)
  76.   Ae Fond Kiss
  77.   Endless Love
  78.   Agnus Dei
  79.   Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
  80.   Xander's Song
  81.   Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  82.   Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
  83.   Homeward Bound
  84.   Blinded By Your Grace
  85.   Rule Britannia
  86.   God Save The Queen
  87.   Jerusalem
  88.   This Mother's Heart
  89.   Home
  90.   Anthem
  91.   Home! Sweet Home!
  92.   How Great Thou Art
  93.   I Giorni~Dreaming of the Days
  94.   Carmen, Act 1: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Habanera)
  95.   Ding Dong Merrily on High
  96.   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  97.   Sleep Quietly My Jesus
  98.   I Wish You Christmas
  99.   I Dreamed a Dream
  100.   Carrickfergus
  101.   Break It to My Heart
  102.   Black Is the Colour
  103.   And This Is My Beloved
  104.   A Flower Tells a Story
  105.   Land of My Fathers
  106.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  107.   I Could Have Danced All Night
  108.   Secret Love
  109.   I (Who Have Nothing)
  110.   Vide Cor Meum, aria (for the film Hannibal)
  111.   O Holy Night
  112.   Sweetest Love
  113.   Absence
  114.   Quello che farò (sarà per te)
  115.   We'll Meet Again
  116.   Over the Rainbow
  117.   All Things Bright and Beautiful
  118.   Amazing Grace
  119.   Music of the Night
  120.   Canto della terra, song
  121.   I Vow to Theee My Country
  122.   Turandot~Nessun dorma!
  123.   Vesperae solennes de confessore~Laudate Dominum
  124.   Calon Lan
  125.   O Sole Mio
  126.   Pie Jesu
  127.   Come What May
  128.   A Gaelic Blessing
  129.   Ar Lan Y Mor
  130.   You'll Never Walk Alone
  131.   Shout in Silence, song
  132.   Se
  133.   Come What May by Plácido Domingo
  134.   Ode to Joy
  135.   Bailero
  136.   Ode To Joy featuring Crouch End Festival Chorus
  137.   To Where You Are
  138.   Questo E Per Te
  139.   Miserere
  140.   Enigma Variations~Sanctus
  141.   Deck the Halls
  142.   O Come O Come Emmanuel
  143.   Hallelujah
  144.   Cwm Rhondda
  145.   The Moon Represents My Heart
  146.   Someone To Watch Over Me
  147.   L' Alba Verra
  148.   In the Bleak Midwinter
  149.   Gravity
  150.   We Are the Champions
  151.   Morning Has Broken
  152.   Caruso
  153.   Barcelona featuring Alfie Boe
  154.   Santa Baby
  155.   Dros Gymru'n Gwlad (Finlandia)
  156.   Never Enough
  157.   We'll Gather Lilacs
  158.   Remember
  159.   We'll Meet Again by Vera Lynn
  160.   No Woman, No Cry
  161.   Heroes
  162.   Carmen~Habanera
  163.   Somewhere, song (from "West Side Story")
  164.   Panis Angelicus
  165.   Wells, R. / Arr Herbert, S.: The Christmas Song
  166.   Abigail's Song (From Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol)
  167.   Peace in the Valley
  168.   Lascia Ch'io Pianga
  169.   8 Nights of Joy
  170.   Away in a Manger
  171.   I Will Always Love You
  172.   Caro Mio Ben
  173.   Segreti
  174.   Don't Cry for Me Argentina
  175.   I Believe
  176.   Eternal Father
  177.   Your Silhouette
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