Russell Watson never imagined he would someday be hailed as one of the world’s greatest classical singers. Since being described by the New York Times as a performer 'who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra' he subsequently released ten studio albums, each one receiving more critical acclaim than the last. His amazing career has seen him perform for some of the world’s greatest figures and at some of the most prestigious events around the world.
His debut album The Voice shot up the UK charts where he held the number one spot for a world record 52 weeks. At the same time, Russell held the number one spot in the US, making him the first British male to hold the accolade of a simultaneous transatlantic number one. His second studio album Encore soon followed, it became an even greater success selling almost two million copies worldwide. During this period Russell was rewarded with various awards including four Classical Brits. Collaborations include Meatloaf, Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Lulu, Alexandra Burke, Sean Ryder and the late great Luciano Pavarotti.
His performances in stage shows have also earned him great critical acclaim, he played Parson Nathaniel in Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds tour and played the lead role of Karl Oscar in Benny and Björn’s (ABBA) Kristina. His recent collaboration with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg meant he fulfilled a lifetime ambition to work along side the writers of the world’s most successful musical ever, Les Miserables, where Boublil and Schonberg crafted a body of poignancy and class to his new album.