The Classic FM Podcast features the week’s top classical music stories and highlights of our interviews with classical stars. This week Anne-Marie hears from the biggest classical music stars in the world including Lang Lang.
Singer Joe McElderry has revealed himself to be a master of both pop and classical having triumphed in the X Factor and Pop Star To Opera Star.
Life and Music
- Joe McElderry was born on 16th June 1991 in South Shields, England.
- He rose to fame when he won the sixth series of the ITV show The X Factor in 2009. He was mentored by Universal artist and fellow Geordie, Cheryl Cole and was announced the winner of the show on 13th December. His debut single he released as an artist was a cover of Miley Cyrus' The Climb.
- Following this, he was also the triumphant winner of the second series of ITV show Popstar To Opera Star in 2011, proving that he was still unbeatable when performing under pressure on live television. It was revealed that he had received the most votes in every week that he had performed; 80% of the vote in the final made it clear he was poles apart from the other contestants.
- Shortly after, it was announced on 14th July 2011 that Joe had signed a new recording contract with the world's leading record label, Universal Music.
- His first classical album ‘Classic’ took him in a new direction, with a range of timeless songs, having been inspired by a new-found repertoire during his time spent being coached by Universal artist and his mentor, the world-renowned Mexican tenor, Rolando Villazón.
Did you know?
Joe studied for BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts at Newcastle College Performance Academy in 2010 and graduated with a triple distinction (the highest grade possible).
Nessun Dorma on Popstar to Operastar
Joe McElderry's told us he's a convert to opera since Popstar to Operastar. Next week he releases a classical album.
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