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Charlotte Church Height 5' 5" Born February 21 1986 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, UK
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Charlotte Church: Charlotte Maria Church
was born on February 21, 1986 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom to
Steven Reed and his wife Maria. The couple separated shortly after the child's
birth, and she was left in her mother's care. She started singing publicly when
she was only three and a half years old, singing the Ghost Busters (1984) theme
with her cousin at a seaside holiday camp in Caernarfon, Wales. She came to
public notice after an appearance on the UK daytime magazine program, "This
Morning" (1988) (aka "This Morning with Richard and Judy") and then made an
impromptu appearance on "The Big Big Talent Show" (1996). She came on to say a
few words about her aunt Caroline Cooper, who was also making an appearance on
the show, and the show's host, Jonathan Ross, asked her to sing. She stole the
show and immediately became an overnight sensation in her native Wales. More
television and concert appearances followed, such as the ones at Cardiff Arms
Park in Wales, the London Palladium, and the Royal Albert Hall, and opening for
Shirley Bassey in Antwerp, Belgium. She was signed to Sony Music (UK) and has
released three best selling albums of popular classics.
Signed an autobiography deal worth 800,000 pounds. Also made 300,000 pounds for doing the Ford car ad for which she also became popular for singing its anthem entitled "Just Wave Hello." The track is included in her self-titled second album.
Celebrated her 15th birthday during the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, where the audience sang "Happy Birthday" to her. She returned the favor by doing an impromptu song number for them.
At 14, ranked 2nd among UK showbiz celebrities under 30 years old in gross income earned in the year 2000 with 6,500,000 pounds and 19th overall among all UK celebrities.
Her official fan site (www.charlottechurchfans.com) was launched on the day she celebrated her 14th birthday.
Sang the soaring soprano vocals on the A Beautiful Mind (2001) soundtrack.
Although she had already earned a total of 10,000,000 pounds, her mother used to give her only 50 pounds for a monthly allowance.
Attended school at Howells, which is an exclusive girl's school.
Her favorite pop stars include Natalie Imbruglia, The Corrs, 'Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs' and Catatonia.
Her greatest ambition is to sing the lead part in Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini at La Scala in Milan and get a standing ovation.
Louise Ryan is her singing coach.
Has given wildly applauded performances before Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, former US President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Pope John Paul II.
Her Voice of an Angel went double platinum in the UK and gold in Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong.
Her stepfather, her mother's second husband, James Church, adopted her as his daughter on October 1999, the year her second, self-titled album was released.
She and Amanda Dunbar became friends when they both appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986).
Is referred to in the press as an "opera star", yet has never sung in any opera performances.
Admitted to once buying a dress for $ 7,000 US (£ 4,260 UK)
In May 2000 was named Artist of the Year at the first annual Classical BRIT Awards
At 12 she was the youngest person at no. 1 in the classical charts with the release of her album, Voice of an Angel.
Has a half-brother.
Younger step-sister of Elisha and Andrew Church
Has a younger half-brother, Luke Reed
Winner of the 2002 "Rear of the Year" Award, given by the British press to the person with the best posterior.
Released first pop album in the UK, entitled 'Tissues and Issues',on July 11, 2005
Was given a puppy for her 20th birthday by boyfriend Gavin Henson. She has named the dog "Tina".
Was considered for the role of Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
Sings soprano, although her actual vocal range is mezzo-soprano.
Started singing at age three.
Announced on 1 March 2007 (St. David's Day), that she is expecting a child with her Welsh Rugby star boyfriend Gavin Henson. The baby is due September, 2007.
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