Charlotte Church
Welsh singer
Charlotte Church
Charlotte Maria Church is a Welsh singer-songwriter, actress and television presenter. She rose to fame in childhood as a classical singer before branching into pop music in 2005. By 2007, she had sold more than 10 million records worldwide including over 5 million in the United States. In 2010 she was reported to be worth as much as £11m (though one 2003 report quoted her worth at £25m).
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Nearly 31 Million Viewers Watched Donald Trump’s Inauguration
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Here are all the musicians who refused to play at Trump’s inauguration
Yahoo News - about 1 month
President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration will be taking place Friday, January 20th in Washington, D.C., and Trump himself has already boasted about how fantastic the musical lineup is going to be for the pre-inauguration concert. The event is typically packed with high-profile artists who graciously accepted the opportunity to perform at such an important event, but this year things are a bit different. With such a personality as divisive as Trump, many of the artists who were originally rumored or even confirmed to be performing at the event have since backed out. Here's the rundown. Elton John The Rocket Man himself was expected to take the stage at Trump's event, and his appearance has been brought up on multiple occasions by members of Trump's own circle, but John has since crushed any notion that he would be there. In fact, when he discovered his songs were being used at Trump rallies he was furious, saying that Trump should have asked "Ted fucking Nugent" to provide music. Andr ...
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British singers Church, Ferguson snub Trump inauguration
Yahoo News - about 2 months
By Estelle Shirbon and Jonathan Allen LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - British singers Charlotte Church and Rebecca Ferguson have rejected invitations from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's team to perform at his inauguration next week, they said in separate statements on Tuesday. The rejections follow other apparent snubs by celebrities including Elton John, whose publicist denied in November that he would be performing at the event after an economic adviser to Trump had said that he would. "@realDonaldTrump Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you're a tyrant.
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WATCH: Security Footage Shows Dylann Roof Enter, Exit Charlotte Church
ABC News - 3 months
Jurors in the Charleston church shooting trial viewed videos today of Dylann Roof entering and exiting the Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015.
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Clinton pledges 'end-to-end' criminal justice reform in visit to Charlotte church
Chicago Times - 5 months
Hillary Clinton pledged to fight for "end-to-end reform" of the criminal justice system as she paid a visit Sunday to a Charlotte church to commiserate with a community struggling with the fatal police shooting of a black man that sparked days of unrest. The Democratic presidential nominee spoke...
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Charlotte Church backs Labour: 'David Cameron has presided over the most capricious, shambolic government'
The Independent - almost 2 years
Charlotte Church has written a passionate open letter criticising the Conservative-led government and backing Labour.
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Charlotte Church slams Tory policy ahead of UK election
Independent - almost 2 years
Charlotte Church has launched a stinging attack on the Conservative Party on the eve of the General Election - branding them "utterly intolerable".
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PETA blasts Charlotte Church for eating reindeer
Calgary Sun - about 3 years
Welsh singer Charlotte Church has been blasted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for eating reindeer meat on a trip to Iceland.
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In Praise of Charlotte Church
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I was lucky enough to see Charlotte and her band when I was out in Austin for SXSW this year. I was with some friends - all discerning music lovers - and we sought out this gig more out of curiosity than in any genuine expectation of seeing something good. It was off the beaten track and there were probably less than a hundred people there to see her. It was, however, truly impressive. Strong intriguing songs supported by a great band mixing some vintage electronica with good grooves, and of course Charlotte's voice was superb. I couldn't help thinking that she must have had to work very hard to re-invent herself in such an impressive way. The next day there was a tiny review of the gig in the Daily Mail. The review was dismissive, concentrating more on Charlotte's unusual choice of clothes and headgear than the music. Typical Daily Mail I hear you say and you would be right. Of course, the only reason they bothered to review the gig in the first place is because it was Charlotte Chu ...
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Kenyth Mogan Makes New Music
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For Kenyth Mogan, being gay is an integral part of his identity. With his new EP Fall Apart, he hopes to open your ears while making the world a better place. Savas Abadsidis: How has your album been received so far? By the general fans? By the LGBT media? Kenyth Mogan: The response has been kind of amazing. I knew my family and friends would give me the typical "good job, Kenny; way to go!" They've all known this is something I've wanted to do since I was a little kid, and they're the best, so I knew they'd like it. But the fact that people outside of my circles like it is really awesome. The LGBT community has really embraced me and the EP album; one of the reviewers at GuySpy really liked it, and LGBT Weekly did a mention, so I'm kind of floating on cloud nine with it all. Abadsidis: So your first video is coming out. What's it about? Mogan: The video is for "Fall Apart," which is the title track and first single off the EP. The video follows me and my boyfriend (played by my f ...
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Charlotte Church: industry is 'sexist'
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
CHARLOTTE Church has made a stinging attack on sexism in the music industry, weighing in on the Miley Cyrus controversy.     
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N.C. pastor asks that 'only white people' greet congregation at church doors
Fox News - over 3 years
A North Carolina pastor is under fire after reportedly asking that "only white people" stand at the front door of her Charlotte church to greet the congregation.
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World-Renowned Singer Would Rather 'Poke [Her] Eyes Out' Than Judge 'The X Factor'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's safe to say Charlotte Church won't be on "The X Factor" anytime soon. The now-27-year-old singer-songwriter, who rose to fame as a pre-teen classical singer in the late '90s, took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the popular singing competition TV series and didn't mince words. I got asked to do the X factor job. I'd rather poke my eyes out with sticks than be a part of the machine that kills music. — Charlotte Church (@charlottechurch) August 8, 2013 When asked if she considered an "X Factor" gig, Church said she took a meeting to ask about her level of involvement in the creative process and claims it was cordial. "They basically said none unless it was inline with what was required. I wanted to see just how hard [of a] line it was. I found my answer and politely declined," she tweeted. The singer said she'd consider being a reality show judge if the series wasn't built on "commercial viability and bulls*** emotional reality stories, which make people vo ...
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Charlotte Church Returns, A 'Beautiful Wreck' In A Digital Age
NPR - almost 4 years
As a child, the Welsh singer rocketed into success with classical and religious music, and performed for Nelson Mandela and the pope. Now she's back with a new album, One & Two, and a new sound. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Charlotte Church gets the feeling again
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Charlotte Church gets the feeling again How weird is it to see Charlotte Church's name on a multi-act bill at a little rock club? The 27-year-old Welsh singer was once a teen superstar who performed her tunes for everyone from Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Prince Charles and Pope John Paul II. [...] after some time off, Church - now the mother of two young children - returns with a new album, "One and Two," that finds her channeling the dark textures of Radiohead and Björk. [...] my partner is an unbelievably phenomenally creative person, and being around him, I just caught the bug again. Is it as exciting playing a dive like King Tut's Wah Wah Hut as it is performing for presidents and popes? With this new material, it's pretty emotional and it's quite dramatic. Sometimes it's more disconcerting, but it's more fulfilling to see someone really connect with the music. Aidin Vaziri is The San Francisco Chronicle's pop music critic.
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Murdoch apologises to the Duchess of York - The Independent
Google News - about 4 years
The Independent Murdoch apologises to the Duchess of York The Independent The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, actors Hugh Grant and Christopher Eccleston, and the Catholic parish priest of singer Charlotte Church, Father Richard Reardon, were among 17 phone-hacking victims offered public apologies in the High Court today ... Phone hacking: Sarah Ferguson and Hugh Grant among 144 to win damagesThe Guardian Hacking victims resolve to go to courtFinancial Times Phone-hacking scandal: Duchess of York settles caseBBC News Evening Standard -USA TODAY -Sky News all 36 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charlotte Church
  • 2015
    Age 28
    Church endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's campaign for the leadership of the Labour Party in 2015.
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    In August 2015 she performed the song "This Bitter Earth" outside the Shell Centre in London as part of a month-long protest organised by Greenpeace against Shell's pursuit of petroleum exploration in the Arctic.
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    At the 2015 Glastonbury Festival she chaired a conversation with two members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot.
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    In May 2015 she joined a demonstration organised by the People's Assembly Against Austerity in Cardiff, subsequently addressing a crowd of 250,000 at a People's Assembly march in London the following month.
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    Following Church's appearance at the Leveson Inquiry, she became increasingly outspoken on a number of political issues, which she has explained as growing out of her experience of Leveson as well as the Conservative victory in the 2015 general election.
    More Details Hide Details She is a member of media campaigning group Hacked Off.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    She released a music video for the lead single from her fourth EP, "Little Movements" on YouTube on 15 March 2014.
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    Church's fourth EP FOUR was released on 10 March 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 26
    Her third EP THREE was released on 19 August 2013.
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    Church released the lead single from her third EP, "I Can Dream" via Soundcloud on 15 July 2013.
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    Her second EP TWO was released on 4 March 2013.
    More Details Hide Details ONE and TWO were combined for a US release on 12 March 2013. Church promoted ONE and TWO in the US with her first North American performances in almost a decade. She appeared in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and at the South by Southwest Festival. Her costumes for her North American concerts were designed by Zoe Howerska.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    On 19 December 2012, Church released the lead single from her second EP, "Glitterbombed" on The Line of Best Fit, an online music magazine.
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    Church released her first EP ONE on 4 September 2012.
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    On 26 May 2012, Church premiered three new songs "The Rise", "How Not to be Surprised When You're a Ghost", and "Say It's True" on BBC Radio with Bethan Elfyn.
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    On 27 February 2012 Church accepted £600,000 in damages and costs in settlement of a lawsuit arising out of the News International phone hacking scandal.
    More Details Hide Details She had claimed that 33 stories about her that appeared in the News of the World were the product of illegal hacking into her family's voicemail. After the settlement was announced in open court she made a lengthy statement in which she said, "I have also discovered that despite the apology which the newspaper has just given in court, these people were prepared to go to any lengths to prevent me exposing their behaviour. They are not truly sorry. They are just sorry they got caught." The press devoted much attention to Church's relationship with boyfriend Gavin Henson, a Welsh rugby player. At the end of 2005, she bought a property in her native Cardiff—for a reported £500,000—which she later sold for £900,000. The couple then bought a manor with a 20-acre (8 hectare) small holding in the Vale of Glamorgan in the village of St. Bride's Major. The couple mentioned marriage on talk shows and in the press but put off marriage while Church was pregnant. In 2007, Church made another appearance on a British young people's rich list with Henson. They were ranked 49th-richest young people in Britain with an estimated joint wealth of £12 million. The couple bought a Princess yacht in spring 2008 for £800,000, named Sketchy, which is berthed at Swansea marina.
  • 2011
    Age 24
    It was announced on 13 March 2011 that Church had terminated her US$3 million deal with Power Amp Music over promotional disputes.
    More Details Hide Details Her spokesperson released the following statement: "All I can really say, because of the confidentiality issues, is that it was in Charlotte's financial interests to do so before the agreement entered the second year of its term. This is typical for these type of deals, which are investment deals rather than record deals. I can also say that the decision to terminate the term early, which suited both parties, was made well before the commercial release of the album". A spokesperson from the record label also released a statement saying "It didn't work out with Charlotte and that's fair enough. There was no falling out. It was a mutual decision. They decided to exit the deal". The third single to be released from the album, "Snow" was released on 11 April 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    Church's new album, Back to Scratch, was released in the UK on 25 October 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The 14-track album was produced by Martin Terefe. Back to Scratch was preceded by a single - the LP's title track - on 24 October. "Back to Scratch" was originally inspired "by problems facing a family member", but Church admitted in a press release that the song now has resonance to her own personal life following her split from Gavin Henson. Back to Scratch also featured the song "The Actors", which Church performed on BBC One talent contest Over The Rainbow, and a cover of Joni Mitchell's "River".
    On 4 August 2010, Church made a new track, "Cold California", available to download from her website.
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    The Daily Mail reported on 31 May 2010 that Church and Henson had split up.
    More Details Hide Details Church gave BBC 6 Music's John Peel Lecture at The Lowry in Salford in 2013, in which she criticised the music industry for what she described as a culture of sexism that pressures female artists to project a sexualised image of themselves.
    Church appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 13 March 2010, where she confirmed that she had already begun writing and recording her sixth studio album.
    More Details Hide Details Church also stated that the album was of a different sound to previous ones, more mature with a "kooky" vibe.
  • 2009
    Age 22
    In June 2009, Church was interviewed for Hello! magazine, and discussed her life since having her second child.
    More Details Hide Details She said that she was currently in the studio, resuming work on a new album and that her partner, Gavin Henson, had been strongly encouraging her to get back to work pursuing the career that she has greatly missed since settling down.
    On 11 January 2009, Church gave birth to a son.
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  • 2008
    Age 21
    In June 2008, she became pregnant with her son, Dexter Lloyd Henson.
    More Details Hide Details In Church's latest interview, she mentioned she would be ready to work on more music in a few months, although she was not sure whether she would further develop her career in classical, pop, or both, as she loves both genres for different reasons. Church also mentioned that she has been working with a vocal instructor to keep her voice in check, and while she has never put a focus on her body image, she would like to get back into pre-pregnancy shape before resuming work.
    Articles emerged in the UK press in March and April 2008 stating that she was still training classically, considering a return to classical crossover.
    More Details Hide Details Church has sung in religious services in Taizé. She has also performed before Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales and Bill Clinton.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    On 20 September 2007, Church gave birth to a daughter.
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    In 2007, Church became Patron of the charity The Topsy Foundation UK, helping to raise awareness and funds for its work to support rural communities in South Africa, empowering people infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS, through medical care, social support and skills development.
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  • 2006
    Age 19
    After a pilot episode which caused some controversy and which was never released to the public, the series began on 1 September 2006 on Channel 4.
    More Details Hide Details Church won a British Comedy Award for "Best Female Comedy Newcomer" in 2006, and the 'Funniest TV Personality' award at the 2006 Loaded Magazine's 'LAFTA' awards. In 2008 she was nominated for the Rose d'Or Special Award for Best Entertainer. In late June 2008, Channel 4 began showing trials for the series. It has since concluded its eight-show run. A Christmas special aired on 21 December 2008. The show ended after its third series. In January 2010 for Hospital 24/7, Church made an appearance on the programme finale, where she visits the Children's Hospital for Wales to launch the Noah's Ark Appeals campaign to fund the equipment in the new Critical Care Unit, which will help children needing high dependency, or critical & intensive care. Church released an autobiography titled Voice of an Angel (My Life So Far) at 14. She released a second autobiography titled Keep Smiling in late 2007.
    In November 2006, it was announced that she and Sony had parted ways.
    More Details Hide Details According to her publicist, this was a mutual decision reached after a series of meetings throughout the year, which were held since her 6-album deal had ended. There was speculation that Church had decided to take a break from her singing career to focus on her television show. Others suggested that her pop releases' chart performance contributed to the decision. Yet another factor was her pregnancy with her daughter, Ruby Megan Henson.
    In April 2006, she performed three concerts in Glasgow, London, and Cardiff, in venues holding between 2,000 and 3,000 people; the dates at London and Cardiff were sold out.
    More Details Hide Details Supported by Irish band the New Druids, Church performed a mix of tracks from her debut pop album and a number of pop covers including Prince's "Kiss" and Gloria Estefan's "Rhythm is Gonna Get You". Though Church hinted at the possibility of a full tour in the future, none took place.
  • 2005
    Age 18
    In 2005, Church issued her first pop album Tissues and Issues.
    More Details Hide Details Four singles were moderately successful in the UK with "Crazy Chick" reaching no. 2, "Call My Name" number 10, "Even God Can't Change the Past" number 17, and "Moodswings" number 14. Although these were released in Australia as well, they failed to reach the same level of success there. Church's pop album was released in the US through MP3 shop, and iTunes in 2009.
  • 2002
    Age 15
    In 2002, at 16, she released a "best of" album called Prelude, and took part in the Royal Christmas tour alongside Dame Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, concluding the end of her classical music career.
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  • 2001
    Age 14
    Church's personal life has often been portrayed in UK tabloid newspapers, inspiring the song "Let's Be Alone" on her album Tissues and Issues. At age 15 she was criticised for remarks she made about the behaviour of people in the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks.
    More Details Hide Details At the Leveson Inquiry she stated that her comments were taken vastly out of context. In a 2006 interview with Davina McCall, she agreed being diplomatic was "not in her nature". In November 2011, Church testified before the Leveson Inquiry about the media intrusion into her personal life stating "I've been made a caricature for so long, and this person portrayed in the tabloids really isn't me. It's not the person I am, and it's had a massive impact on my career. As an artist, I find it hard to be taken seriously because my credibility has been blown to bits."
    That year, Church made her first film appearance in the 2001 Ron Howard film A Beautiful Mind.
    More Details Hide Details Celine Dion was beginning a concert engagement in Las Vegas and was not available to perform the film's end title song, "All Love Can Be", so composer James Horner enlisted Church and the song was rewritten for her vocal range. Church also handled other vocal passages throughout the score.
    In 2001, Church added more pop, swing, and Broadway with her album Enchantment.
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  • 2000
    Age 13
    In 2000, she released Dream a Dream, an album of Christmas carols.
    More Details Hide Details It included Church's first foray into a more non Christmas pop-influenced style in the title track Dream a Dream, borrowing the melody from Fauré's Pavane and featuring child American country singer Billy Gilman.
  • 1998
    Age 11
    This led to concerts at Cardiff Arms Park, the Royal Albert Hall and opening for Dame Shirley Bassey in Antwerp. She also received a vocal scholarship to Howell's School Llandaff in Cardiff where she started in 1998 after leaving The Cathedral School, Llandaff.
    More Details Hide Details She balanced performing and school with help from tutors for when she was on the road and said in many interviews that she was "just like every other girl her age". Charlotte left school at age 16. As a classical music singer, Church used to sing in English, Welsh, Latin, Italian and French. She was then introduced to the Cardiff impresario Jonathan Shalit, who became her manager and negotiated a contract with Sony Music. Her first album, Voice of an Angel, was a collection of arias, sacred songs, and traditional pieces that sold millions worldwide and made her the youngest artist with a No. 1 album on the British classical crossover charts. Church appeared on US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) specials. Her self-titled second album also included operatic, religious and traditional tracks. One, the soaring and inspirational Just Wave Hello, was the centrepiece of a millennium-themed ad campaign for the Ford Motor Company. The song's full-length video, featuring Church, won acclaim at the Detroit Auto Show and introduced her to new fans. The track reached No. 31 in Britain.
  • 1997
    Age 10
    Her musical break came at age 11 when she sang Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu" over the telephone on the television show This Morning in 1997, followed by her performance on ITV's Big, Big Talent Show in 1997.
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  • 1986
    Born on February 21, 1986.
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