Russell Watson

Born 24 November 1966.
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Russell Watson Live in Session

Russell performed two songs live in the studio for Sir Terry

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Russell Watson (born 23 November 1966) is an English tenor who has released singles and albums of both operatic-style and pop songs. The self-styled "People's Tenor" had been singing since he was a child, and became known after performing at a working men's club. He came to attention in 1999 when he sang "God Save the Queen" at the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, "Barcelona" at the last match of the Premiership season between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford and a full set of songs at the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final in Barcelona between Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

Watson's debut album titled The Voice was released in May 2001; four others followed. However, an album planned for November 2006 was delayed due to the removal of a benign pituitary tumour. This album, titled That's Life, was eventually released on 5 March 2007.

On 24 October 2007, it was discovered that there had been a regrowth of his pituitary tumour and bleeding into his brain. He underwent emergency surgery and was discharged from hospital on 31 October. He underwent an extensive rehabilitation programme, including radiotherapy. His sixth studio album, Outside In, was released on 26 November 2007.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of La Voce

    La Voce 2010

    Reviewed by Adrian Edwards
    An attractive ninth album from the returning British tenor.
  2. Review of Outside In

    Outside In 2007

    Reviewed by Andrew Mellor
    This is uncomfortable stuff, and you don’t need to know much about singing to feel it.
  3. Review of Reprise


    Reviewed by Morag Reavley
    Mix of light classical and AOR pop songs. A large dollop of la dolche vita.
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