10 Things you Didn’t know about Katherine Jenkins

We delve a little deeper into the life and times of classical crossover singer Katherine Jenkins to reveal surprising facts about the Welsh beauty.

kj-photo-extralarge 1308867384170They certainly know how to produce great singers in Wales, from the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Dame Shirley Bassey and SOCIETY Marbella’s cover girl this month – Katherine Jenkins OBE - the small country has generated some of the most impressive vocal talent of the last century. The mezzosoprano Katherine Jenkins, famed for her rendition of everything from operatic arias to musical theatre tracks and church hymns, has won several Classical Brit Awards, performed in concerts for British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and has even won the hearts of our friends over the pond in the USA.

It is no secret that she is both a talented and beautiful artist, but here I bring you 10 things that are much less widely known about the Welsh singer, proving that Katherine is so much more than just a pretty face. 

1. Katherine has beauty and brains it seems! The singer achieved no less than 9 ‘A’ grades at GCSE and four A-levels, including Welsh. Alongside her academic studies, she passed her Grade 8 in singing
and piano both with distinctions. 

2. Don’t be tricked by her ultra feminine style, the 34-year-old loves rugby as much as any man, even fulfilling the role of official mascot for the national Welsh team in the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

3. Incredibly, the singer was signed by Universal Classics on first hearing! In fact, as soon as they heard her voice, they offered Jenkins a six album deal there and then. 

4. Katherine sings many songs in different languages. She is not just singing these from memory, but understands every word since, at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, she studied Italian, German, French and Russian. 

5. Whilst singing at a Christmas concert several years ago at the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea, when Katherine hit the high note in O Holy Night, there was a huge bang. Her voice had cracked one of the chandeliers above the stage! Ever the professional, she continued to sing even as small shards of glass fell to the floor around her.

6The Welsh beauty has also turned her hand to acting. She appeared in two episodes of Emmerdale back in 2007, in which 11.6 million viewers tuned in to find out who killed character Tom King. 

7Jenkins ran the 2013 London Marathon, raising £25,000 for her father Selwyn who died of lung cancer when she was just 15. She finished the course in five hours and 26 minutes.

8Katherine has visited the Armed Forces in Iraq on several occasions. On her first trip out there the helicopter in which she was travelling was targeted by missiles. Anti-missile flares were deployed and the group landed safely. kj-photo-extralarge 1336151687060

9The singer first appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List in 2007 as the 62nd richest young person in Britain with an estimated fortune of £9 million. Several years later in 2010, the same newspaper placed Jenkins at number 11 in the Top 20 Young Millionaires list with an estimated wealth of £11million.

10  Katherine took on various jobs to help her earn a living before she hit the big time, one of which was a stint as a tour guide on the London Eye!


The Welsh wonder will no doubt continue to delight concert goers and radio listeners for many years to come, putting the ‘class’ in classical music.




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