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Charlotte Church rose to fame in childhood with her chart-topping rendition of ‘Pie Jesu’, and has since become one of classical music’s most successful artists.
In the same year, she sang on ITV’s Big, Big Talent Show, gaining her an invitation to sing at Rupert Murdoch’s wedding in 1999.
After leaving school aged 16 to pursue her career in music, Church performed all over the world – including in her hometown at Cardiff Arms Park, the Royal Albert Hall, London and opening for Dame Shirley Bassey in Antwerp.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Welsh singer.
At the peak of her fame, Church became known to many fans as the ‘Voice of an Angel’, thanks to the success of her debut album of the same name in 1998 – a collection of hymns and songs which sold millions worldwide and reached No. 1 on the British classical crossover charts.
Other albums recorded by the soprano include her self-titled album, Charlotte Church (1999), Dream a Dream (2000), and Enchantment (2001), before she re-invented herself as a pop artist with Tissues and Issues in 2005 and Back to Scratch in 2010.
Most recently, the 33 year old has been rumoured by viewers to be the voice behind Queen Bee on ITV talent show The Masked Singer.
Church is married to musician Jonathan Powell, whom she has been with since 2010.
During the noughties, Church was married to rugby player Gavin Henson. The pair had two children together – daughter Ruby, who was born in 2007, and son Dexter, born in 2009.
In 2019, the singer won a court battle with neighbours to transform her £2.5m home into a private school, where she hopes to ‘liberate’ children through music.
The school is situated in Dinas Powys, South Wales, and classes accommodate 20 pupils at a time. Church also homeschools her own children, saying that children should have the freedom to choose what they learn.
Welcoming students between the ages of nine and 12, the school is non-paying and allows pupils to have a say over the rules, how they want lessons to be delivered, what food they eat and how they travel to school.
In the 1990s, Church was worth an estimated £25m following the roaring success of her classical albums.
Today, the Welsh singer has an estimated net worth of £9m.
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