Who is Russell Watson? The People’s Tenor, Last Choir Standing judge and BRIT Award-winner


RUSSELL Watson has showed-off his impressive singing ability since he was a child.

From his impressive BRIT Award-winning recording work, to his time on the stage, here’s everything you need to know about Russell Watson…

 Russell Watson is known as The Voice

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Russell Watson is known as The Voice

Where is Russell Watson from?

The 50-year-old was born in Gildersome, Yorkshire in 1996.

During his time at Ireland Endowed Primary School and Irlam and Cadishead High School he enjoyed singing in his spare time.

It wasn’t until he was in his 20s that he started earning money by performing an Elvis Presley tribute across clubs in the North West of England.

After setting his sights on classic music in the 1990s, he’s become known by the British public as the People’s Tenor and The Voice.

How did Russell Watson become famous?

Watson first discovered his talent for classical singing when he spent a night at Wigan Road Working Men’s Club.

When a worker asked him to perform Nessun Dorma, he impressed locals with his stunning rendition.

In 1990, he was catapulted further into the limelight when he won Piccadilly Radio’s Search for a Star contest in Manchester.

 Initially, Russell didn't think about starting a professional singing career

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Initially, Russell didn’t think about starting a professional singing career

What performances is the People’s Tenor famous for?

After pulling off stunning performances at the Rugby League Challenge Cup and at an Old Trafford football match in 1999, Russell attracted the attention of manager Perry Hughes.

In 2001, his debut album, The Voice, shot to the top of the UK classical chart and scooped Album of the Year at the Classic BRIT Awards in 2001.

Russell is also known for singing the opening theme for Star Trek: Enterprise and performing at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

What TV shows has Russell Watson been on?

The popular singer is famous for being a judge on BBC One’s talent show Last Choir Standing, which began in 2008.

His vocals were also heard on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.

Another note-worthy telly appearance occurred in the same year, when he sang on the HMS Belfast in London to mark the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 Opera singer Russell Watson outside Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Cheshire, after he was discharged following life-saving surgery on his brain tumour

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Opera singer Russell Watson outside Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Cheshire, after he was discharged following life-saving surgery on his brain tumour

Did Russell Watson’s brain tumour affect his career?

After battling a benign but aggressive brain tumour the previous year, Watson was diagnosed with his second pituitary tumour in 2007.

The Brit opera star was told he would never sing again after a seven-hour op to remove the growth, which haemorrhaged in four places.

Following his time at the Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Manchester, he remained in the hospital’s Intensive Therapy Unit and also underwent radiotherapy treatment at Christie Hospital.

Despite fears that his performing days could be gone forever, Russell went on to make a full recovery.

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