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Katherine Jenkins Height 5' 5" Born June 29, 1980 in Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, UK
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Katherine Jenkins: (born 29 June 1980) is a Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano. She is
a classical-popular crossover singer who performs across a spectrum of operatic
arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns.
After winning singing competitions in her youth, Jenkins studied at the Royal Academy of Music, modelled and taught voice. She came to wide public attention in 2003 when she sang at Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul II's silver jubilee. Since 2004, she has released numerous albums that have performed well on UK and foreign charts. In both 2005 and 2006, her albums received Classic Brit Awards as Album of the Year. She has also been seen widely in concert, including concerts for UK troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has sung at sporting events, on television shows and in support of many charities. As of late April 2012, she was still competing on the US television show Dancing with the Stars, and is considered one of the favorites to win the “coveted” Mirror Ball Trophy. Dancing with the Stars.
Opera singer, who was the biggest-selling classical star in the UK in 2004.
Studied Advanced Level Welsh.
Is a mezzo-soprano.
After entering a modelling competition, she became the Face of Wales 2000.
Her previous jobs before becoming a successful singer have included a freelance singing teacher, a tour guide on the London Eye and a model.
In November 2008, she revealed to The Daily Mail that when she was a student, she had taken class A drugs (cocaine and ecstasy) and cannabis. She noted that she was introduced to them by her friends at the Royal College of Music, and that she stopped taking them after signing her record deal in 2003. In the article, she described taking drugs as "the biggest regret of my life".
Her father, Selwyn, died of lung cancer at age 70 when she was 15. She has remarked on missing him in her album liner notes and has dedicated any award she has received to him.
On the advice of the original Forces Sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, in December 2005 and 2006, she travelled to Iraq to sing to the soldiers for Christmas. On her first visit to Iraq in 2005, when travelling to Shaibah, the largest British base in Southern Iraq, the helicopter she was travelling in was targeted by missiles. Anti-missile flares were deployed and the group landed safely.
While she was studying at the Royal Academy of Music, she was attacked and nearly raped by a man who followed her off a bus after she had enjoyed a night out with friends. When she was walking back to her London home, he sprang upon her and tried to drag her into an alley, but she managed to escape. He continued to pursue her and punched her to the ground, prompting her to curl up into a ball so that he was not able to rape her. After repeatedly kicking her, he eventually left with her wallet and has never been caught. When discussing the incident, she said "It was just awful. I was so shaken up. It took me a long time to get over it, and my mum was devastated. I genuinely believe I was very lucky".
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Is good friends with ballet dancer Darcey Bussell.
While chatting with TV presenter and magician Stephen Mulhern at a post-awards show party, she mentioned to him that she'd always had an ambition to have a go at being sawed in half by a magician. This led to Mulhern inviting her to appear on his Saturday Night phone-in game show "Magic Numbers" (2010), where she acted as his assistant in a performance of Sawing a Woman in Half in which Mulhern and singer Olly Murs sawed her in half inside a see-through box.
Dancing with the Stars 2012
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