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Russell Watson Announces Release Of New Album ‘Anthems – Music To Inspire A Nation’

Monday, 16 April 2012 Written by Jon Stickler
Russell Watson Announces Release Of New Album ‘Anthems – Music To Inspire A Nation’

Russell Watson is the UK’s best selling classical artist ever. He is the first artist to hold the number one slot simultaneously in the UK and USA in his respected genre. Russell has sold in excess of seven million albums worldwide. He has performed for some of the most powerful people in the world including the Pope, the President of the United States, King of Malaysia, the Emperor of Japan and HRH the Queen.

His debut album, ‘The Voice’ held the Number One slot for a record 52 weeks, only relinquishing the top spot with his follow up album ‘Encore’ which spent a further 36 weeks in the coveted Number One spot. Subsequent releases continued in the same vein, racking up sales of over 7 million.

Russell has recently returned from a hugely successful tour of Australia (including a sold out Sydney Opera House) with his ears still ringing from the torrent of rave reviews. In May Russell is off to USA to perform on Capital Hill in Washington, then returning to the UK to start his own tour which will continue through June. With capacity already reached for one Royal Albert Hall date, another date has now been added to meet demand. The latter half of 2012 will see Russell visiting Asia for a series of live dates.

In the Queens diamond jubilee year and with the Olympics on the horizon Russell wanted to celebrate all things British with his new album ‘Anthems – Music To Inspire A Nation’. A collection of considered, rousing, beautiful songs from around the country, sung deep from the heart, as only Russell can.

A stirring vocal, an emotive song, think last night of the proms, it’s all here. Russell’s unique, interpretations of sporting anthems ‘Proud’ and ‘Race to the End’ (theme from Chariots of Fire) alongside his epic take on the patriotic anthems of Scotland, England and Wales are all sung with enough verve to inspire a nation.

Russell’s duet performed with Dame Vera Lynn using vocals from the original wartime recording when she was the forces sweetheart and barely twenty will touch the hardest of hearts. A guest appearance by the Fron Male Voice Choir on ‘Calon Lan’, and a tear jerking version of The Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) a duet with Moya Brennan of Clannad all segue together to make up the album.

‘Anthems – Music To Inspire A Nation’ will be released on May 28th through Sony Classical, Russell’s Diamond Jubilee tour starts in May 2012, full information can be found on www.russell-watson.com

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