If you're a music lover, especially of the classical genre, and you haven't heard of Katherine Jenkins, you should stop everything and buy one of her albums or look her up on YouTube or something. With truly the voice and face of an angel, the Welsh mezzo-soprano vocalist has performed with the likes of David Foster (where her career really began to take off back in 2009), Jackie Evancho, Plácido Domingo, and Andrea Bocelli, and now has twelve albums under her belt. She was appointed the suffix title of OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2014, a recognition of contributions to the arts and sciences, public service, and work with charitable and welfare organizations. Oh yeah, and she's performed for the Queen, the Pope, and presidents and other royalty. No wonder she's... ahem... this writer's favorite female singer right now.
So what's Jenkins' new role?
Songs of Praise from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), having been on television screens since 1961, recently announced that Katherine Jenkins has been brought on the team as a main presenter. Jenkins was not only familiar with the series from watching it for many years, but she has made several guest appearances on the show over the past decade, and was quoted as saying, "I am hugely excited about my new role, about working with my friend Aled [Aled Jones, one of the program's regular hosts] again and about meeting and worshipping with new people across the country.”
Check out "Jerusalem" from the first broadcasted episode below, which aired on July 23, 2017.
And also be sure to check out her latest performance of the classic song, "You'll Never Walk Alone" with the Parrs Wood High School Choir with very cinematic camera work in a beautiful cathedral. Jenkins actually recently starred as Julie in a production of Carousel, where this song comes from by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, at the London Coliseum.
I would also highly recommend listening to her Christmas albums. One of her beautiful Christmas songs, "I Believe," written by Éric Levi, was performed as a duet with opera singer Andrea Bocelli. The words are very touching, reflective, and appropriate for the Christmas time of year, but are especially pertinent in our every day lives, especially right now in the world today. Both voices just send chills up your spine and bring tears to your eyes. A call for peace.
Katherine Jenkins' next live tour performance will be on October 22, 2017 at the International House of Music in Moscow, Russia. After that, she'll be performing on tour in the United Kingdom for a while. Hopefully soon she'll grace us with some performances here in the United States.
You can purchase her latest album, Celebration, featuring timeless songs like "I Could Have Danced All Night," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "How Great Thou Art," and "Amazing Grace," on CD or digital download here.