Russell Watson is an English tenor who has released singles and albums in both operatic and pop styles. To date, the self-styled “People’s Tenor” has won the Album of the Year at the Classical BRIT Awards in both 2001and 2002, also collecting awards for Best-Selling Debut Album (2001) and Best-Selling Album (2002).
Watson’s debut album entitled ‘The Voice’ followed in May 2001. A mixture of operatic arias and covers of pop songs, it topped the UK Classical Chart and reached number five in the UK Albums Chart. Later, when released in the United States, the album took the number one spot and made history as it was the first time a British artist had held both the US and UK classical number one.