Affectionately named 'The People's Soprano' by fans, colleagues and the media, singer-songwriter Rebecca Newman stormed into number one in the Official UK Classical Albums Chart with her debut chart release in September 2014, outselling new releases by a number of major international stars in the process. In doing so, she has secured her position as one of the most exciting sopranos the UK has seen for a long time! Demand for her eagerly awaited new album was so great that on day one of release Amazon completely sold out following a live studio interview on BBC One Yorkshire and during the week HMV stores up and down the country also sold out.
As an independent artist she had already sold over 15,000 albums, headlined her own twenty date UK tour, appeared on ITV1, BBC1 and BBC Radio, sung the national anthems live on TV for several international televised sporting events and shared the stage with stars like Russell Watson and Aled Jones. With exciting TV and radio opportunities being added to the diary, 2014 and into 2015 will see Rebecca being incredibly busy both in the UK and overseas, including her first professional performance in New York City.
Her beautiful voice, down to earth nature and her commitment to her charitable causes has won the hearts of many and her eagerly anticipated debut chart release, 'Dare to Dream', was named after her own song that embodies the spirit of her musical career. She has teamed up with classical music legends James Fitzpatrick for the orchestral sessions - producer to opera and TV star Lesley Garrett - and Paul Bateman - musical director to international star Sarah Brightman - after working with them for her charity single release in November 2012. Gareth Williams produced the album, from recording to mixing and mastering. Gareth works extensively within TV and radio and has worked on recordings for many of the big stars, including Katherine Jenkins and the Classical Brit Award Winners 'Blake', who have recorded a special collaboration with Rebecca for the album. Rebecca is accompanied on the album by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and there is also a duet with TV star songwriter and former chorister Mary-Jess Leaverland, and incredible talent who has performed to over 70 million people on Chinese television.
Keep an eye out for Rebecca's first Songs of Praise TV performance in the new year and get ready to see Rebecca's album go international, with negotiations underway for tours and distribution deals in Asia, Europe and North America.
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