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2007 debut album from the winner of the first season of Britains Got Talent. Potts winning performance of Puccinis Nessun Dorma is now one of the most watched clips in You Tubes history (10 million+). The album includes that track as well as the equally captivating Time To Say Goodbye, a Spanish version of My Way and Italian version of REMs Everybody Hurts. 10 tracks. RCA.
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"I keep waiting for someone to pinch me and say 'Wake up, Paul, it's time for work - you're late again'. I feel like I'm on a rollercoaster - a white knuckle ride into the unknown. And I don't want to get off!"
Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts has spent most of his life feeling 'insignificant'. Bullied at school for being 'different', he realised growing up that he had one true friend and that was his voice. Singing was his escape. He was able to lose himself in his own little world - the vicious words of his tormentors replaced by hauntingly beautiful lyrics and melodies that lifted his heart and spirit. It was a love, a passion, a lifeline that would follow Paul into adulthood and help him through many more periods of adversity. But it was also a gift that was destined to go largely undiscovered, due to a crushing lack of self-confidence that has dogged this hard working and humble man throughout his 36 years.
Born just outside Bristol on October 13, 1970, to bus driver Roland and his wife Yvonne, a supermarket cashier, Paul - who's one of four children - was singing almost from the moment he could talk. "My mother recalls me listening to the theme from ET and conducting an imaginary orchestra with sticks," laughs Paul. By the time he reached 11, he was part of one of the best church choirs in Bristol. But it was when he hit 16 that his love of opera took hold. "I bought a cheap recording of Carreras," he recalls. "It was the first time I had heard Che Gelida Manina (Your Tiny Hand Is Frozen) and I was so moved by it. To this day La Boheme remains my favourite opera."
Although Paul has performed at amateur level, most notably with Bath Opera, his chronic lack of self esteem and fear of rejection always prevented him from trying to make it professionally. " As I saw it, if I never asked - never put myself out there - then I'd never get told "No",'says Paul. "It was safer that way."
So instead, he carried on with his day jobs - which have included stacking shelves in a supermarket and, most recently and famously, selling mobile phones, where he was told by one of his superiors that he was a 'natural salesman'. "But I knew I wasn't," says Paul. "When I was selling, I always felt like I was putting on an act. When I sang, that's when I felt I was myself - the real me."
In 2000, Paul used savings and a bit of money he'd won on a quiz show to attend a three-month summer school in Italy, where he learned the language and got to indulge his passion further. He even got to sing in a masterclass for his idol, Pavarotti. But he was about to be dealt a cruel blow.
In 2003, he suffered a burst appendix. While undergoing treatment for this, doctors discovered a benign tumour on his adrenal gland. It was successfully removed but while he was recovering, he was knocked off his bike and broke his collarbone. "Of all the health problems I'd been through, breaking my collar bone was the most painful and it took months to recover," says Paul. " I got very, very low and for once, singing was the last thing on my mind."
And he might have given up forever, had it not been for Britain's Got Talent - the talent show for today's generation, created by Simon Cowell and co-producved by his Entertainment company Syco TV, which last week was celebrating a double whammy. In a first for a reality TV format, the Got Talent shows on both sides of the Atlantic - Britain and America - were at number one, with more than 13 million viewers tuning in to see Paul win the final of the British version and the same figure welcoming back a second season of America's Got Talent in the States. (The format has now been commissioned worldwide and will be shown in 40 countries by the end of the year!)
Though it's fair to say that when Paul strolled awkwardly - almost apologetically - onto the Cardiff stage for his first Britain's Got Talent audition a week before that final, in his now infamous £35 Tesco suit, and announced to Simon and fellow judges Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan that he was going to sing opera, they never thought for one minute they were looking at their winner. Until he opened his mouth and started to sing. It was, as Simon has said since, simply magical. "Incredible", agreed Piers. And Amanda, who was moved to tears, said his voice had left her covered in goosebumps. "We were not expecting that," admitted Simon.
"I was so nervous I was shaking like a jelly, but when I watch that audition back, i can see in my eyes that when I start to sing I go to a totally different place and the nerves just vanish," says Paul. "When I stopped singing, there were a few seconds when my heart was racing because I had absolutely no idea what the judges were going to say."
Since then, accolades have been posted on the Internet from as far afield as Australia and Taiwan, from fans who've seen Paul's performances on YouTube. "A humble bloke who's not even aware of his amazing gift - Paul Potts is a true star" wrote one.
"It has changed my whole life. I used to feel so small and insignificant. But now I know I am someone - I am Paul Potts and this is what I do," smiles Paul.
But don't worry - there's no danger of him going all starry and getting above himself! "I am not going to change - although I might invest in some nicer suits! But whatever happens, I'm keeping that Tesco one. It's a reminder of where I was and where I attempt to remain - except in better clothes!"
Paul also hopes to get his teeth done. "I don't think I'd suit one of those dazzling Hollywood smiles, but I'd like to get the cap sorted as I'm very conscious about it when I sing." Other plans for the £100,000 prize money include taking proud wife Julie-Ann, 27, who he wed four years ago, on safari - and, fingers crossed, starting a family.
"It's something we couldn't afford to think about before," explains Paul, who lives with Julie-Ann in a modest two bedroomed house in Port Talbot, south Wales. "Now we can and that would complete things."
However, it might have to wait a little while. His feet have barely touched the ground since his victory last Sunday and he's got a host of engagements to prepare for. The Thursday after winning, Paul flew to New York to perform in the plaza for NBC's Today show - just days after Enrique Iglesias played the same venue and, the previous week, JonBon Jovi! Then he'll be back to the UK to start work on his first album. And, of course, there's also the VIP performance for which he was competing in Britain's Got Talent - appearing in front of Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance in early December.
"All of this is like a fairy tale and I'm terrified I'm going to wake up soon and find I've dreamt it all," says Paul. "The support I've had has been incredible and I feel so touched and humbled by it. It has done so much for my confidence and I really can't thank people enough for giving me the chance to realise my dream. To be given an opportunity like this is more than I ever could have hoped for. Finally, I am going to be doing what I've always felt I was put here to do - something I love and that gives me so much joy
Top Customer Reviews
I know that if Paul chooses to do so,he can develop technique that is as technically correct as any tenor in the world. This will probably be important to the preservation of his voice. If he does, however,I hope he does not lose one iota of that....honey sweet evocative character of pathos and longing in his voice. No other tenor I have ever heard has that same quality,and it cannot be learned. Technique will sell critics, though neither I nor millions of others care about them, but that voice, that quality of raw humanity, will always sell the masses longing for beauty and meaning.
And I haven't had any crazy pills at all.
If you know the video clips I mean and were blown away by Pauls performance then you will not be disappointed by this CD.
You'll be crying all over again and may disappear for days on end just listening to it over and over,lol.
He seems to get better and better and it is a total revelation to hear him sing with a full orchestra.
His voice has a huge range and he seems almost like different people on different tracks.
Paul sings his heart out and the sheer emotion really grabs you, its almost like its music to fall in love with someone to or say to someone "God! I love you!"
My fave track is cavatina which I know he sang for his wife, it's just so beautiful.
He truly is exceptional.
I think the songs on the record sound great.
Paul's music makes the hair on my neck stand up, and I think he's probably done more for opera in the UK than the £200million refurbishment of the National Opera House!
Good on you Paul, when are you bringing your tour to Cornwall?
The CD is complete with a sticker on the front telling me "BRITAIN'S GOT TALLENT", "YOUR WINNER!". Inside the cover is a list of dates and contact numbers for Paul's UK concerts. As for the singing, all I can say is, WOW!
The selections range from classical through a jazzy version of My Way in Spanish, which was unusual to hear in a different language, and a ballad-like rendition of Cavatina, ending with Music of the Night where Paul hits a few quite high notes, which I thought would only be possible with very tight underwear; nevertheless Paul sustains the notes nicely. Every track raises my hair in visceral enjoyment and my eyes still well with expectant tears after listening to Con te Partiro for the umpteenth time. The wide breadth of styles on the CD are obviously designed to show off Paul's vocal range, and he achieves success in this endeavour across the whole CD. It's rather a good collection that doesn't dwell on a single style; a good variety so you don't get bored too quickly. I'm not sure I like Amapola, but that cannot detract from how Paul sings it. Also I was unsure about Everybody Hurts, until Paul got to the crescendo at about 3:50 into the song. Very, very nice indeed. All up, I am more than pleased with this CD.
Critics take good note: For a newly-discovered amateur this guy can darned well sing. If you have panned his singing, I challenge you to put up a link to you singing anyone of these tracks and to your amazon.co.uk Sales Rank: 1 in Music. Oh, and your #4 on Amazon in the US, hey.Read more ›
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I enjoyed getting better acquainted with classical music through watching/listening to Paul Potts. I am so happy for him to have made a place for himself where he can use his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dottie