Katherine Jenkins is a popular crossover singer from the U.K. With over four million records sold in a span of four years, she became the best-selling classical/crossover artist from that nation in the early 2000s. She is the only U.K. classical artist ever to have two recordings reach number one on the classical charts in the same year. Even on pop charts she has reached as high as number three, ahead of groups like the Spice Girls. With aRead more velvety warmth in her distinctive, beautiful voice, Jenkins has become a star not only in the concert hall and recording studio but on the web, at popular sites like YouTube, where visitors can view portions of her videos. Typically, Jenkins appears at major concert and outdoor venues and at charity concerts. She has appeared with Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel, Aled Jones, Ronan Tynan, and other celebrated singers. Her repertory includes many classical arias (Puccini's O Mio Babbino, Bizet's Habanera, etc.), as well as hymns, folk songs, and pop songs. Jenkins has recorded for Universal Classics.
Katherine Jenkins was born in Neath, Wales, on June 29, 1980. In her childhood she studied piano and sang in her church choir. She served as a member of the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Singers from 1990-1996, and then studied at the Royal Academy of Music, from 1997.
Jenkins taught voice privately and became a model, winning the Face of Wales modeling competition in 2000. She abandoned modeling afterward, however, turning her attention exclusively to music.
2003 was a pivotal year for Jenkins: she launched her career at ceremonies honoring Pope John Paul II in Westminster Cathedral, and Universal signed her to a six-album recording contract for one million pounds, reportedly the most lucrative recording deal ever given to a classical artist from the U.K.
Jenkins' first two albums, Premiere and Second Nature, both released in 2004, hit number one on the classical charts. All her succeeding albums have been best-sellers. In October 2008, Jenkins reportedly signed a recording contract with Warner Music Group for 6.8 million pounds. Jenkins has made numerous acclaimed concert appearances, including several at Buckingham Palace and at Royal Albert Hall (November 2007). Jenkins also performed for British troops in Basra, Iraq, in 2005. Read less