Singer Katherine Jenkins returns to her roots
Popular mezzo-soprano, Katherine Jenkins, is to return to Decca Records in a new three-album deal. Decca, owned by Universal, is the record company that helped launch her career a decade ago. It’s over a year since her last album, This is Christmas, was released but now she’s on her way to bringing out her tenth album. And the singer, from Neath in South Wales, said that this collection would be a return to her roots.
Her debut release in 2004, Premiere, mixed classical songs and Welsh hymns and went to number one in the Classical Album chart. So we can expect a move back to this style. A lot has been said and written about the pros and cons of classical crossover but it’s clearly a popular genre with very many people. There will always be those who prefer pure classical renditions but Katherine insists that she wants her music to be as accessible as possible to as many listeners as possible. Dubbed ‘the forces sweetheart’, Katherine was awarded an OBE in December for services to music and to charity. Last March, by running the London Marathon, she raised over £25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity whose nurses helped her father before he died of lung cancer when she was a teenager. And at the end of the year she flew to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan to meet the troops and perform two concerts for UK service personnel.