Paul Child biography

Paul Child

Last updated: 30 November 2011

Best known for his involvement with Welsh rugby, Paul Child is Wales' biggest-selling independent artist.

In 2000, Paul Child self-financed the album Wales Forever as a tribute to David Alexander. Although the cost was just £2,500, it has gone on to become to the biggest-selling independently-released album ever in Wales, selling over 100,000 copies around the world.

In 2003, he appeared on the World In Union album alongside fellow Welsh stars Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey to commemorate the Rugby World Cup. His rugby connection has continued with pre-match appearances at the Millennium Stadium. Each time he's sung before the match, Wales have registered a victory.

Released in February 2006, Bread Of Heaven is the official album of the Welsh Rugby Union.

His album Shine, released in 2008, has so far sold over 10,000 copies, making it hugely successful for an independently-released record. Child followed this with a new single and album in 2009, After All These Years.

After All These Years was preceded by Working Man, a single commemorating the 25th anniversary of the miners' strike.

In 2010, Paul released a double CD 'best of' collection called My Wales, which has since sold over 25,000 copies. His live show features an orchestra and male voice choir and he continues to tour throughout Wales and around world. In 2011 he headlined the American Welsh Festival in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

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