The fabulous Russell Watson has been confirmed for a further three dates at Warner Leisure Hotels around the UK in 2015! To celebrate we grabbed some time with Russell to find out a bit more about this incredible singer….
What’s your earliest memory?
Falling into a rose bush at Mum and Dad’s when I was 2 years old – needlessness to say, I don’t go near unattended rose bushes anymore!
When did you first know you had a talent?
From when I used to sing in my bedroom to myself, along to the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and Sir Cliff Richard. I thought everyone was able to emulate famous voices, I assumed everyone could do impersonations. I then discovered later in life that it wasn’t normal and I had a gift.
Tell us about working in a factory making nuts and bolt
It was the single most mind numbing job devised for a human being. I struggled to concentrate on anything for more than 3 seconds. The clue was in the name of the company, ‘Sabre Repetition’. I used to take my guitar with me on night shifts. At 3am, dinner time, I’d play and sing tunes to the lads.
What has been your favourite gig of all time?
That’s a difficult one to answer; I’ve some done some amazing things. Opening the Common Wealth Games in 2002 was pretty good, singing for the Pope was amazing and singing for the President is right up there too! If my hand was forced, I would have to say singing in the Vatican.
Favourite song of all time?
It changes with time; it depends on how I’m feeling. From the fans point of you it would be ‘Nessun Dorma’.
If you could duet with anyone, who would it be?
Whitney Houston. That would have been amazing.
How was it winning 4 Classical Brit Awards?
They were really proud moments. Each one felt equally rewarding and special.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Don’t take life for granted. You’re alive, living and breathing. There’re a lot of people out there who’re a lot worse off than you. Enjoy the gifts you have been given.
Why do you like to perform at Warner?
The proximity of the venues. You’re right on top of the audience. I probably enjoy the Warner gigs more than the bigger venues! With smaller venues you get a better connection with the audience, and I’m all about the connection.
What draws you to gig at Warner time and time again?
I love the intimacy of the Warner shows. I can be completely spontaneous and take requests; I would not be able to do this in front of an orchestra.
You are a patron of many charities, what does this mean to you?
Since my illness [Russell overcame two near-fatal brain tumours] my charity work has become much more meaningful. I’ve a stronger affinity with how it affects people’s lives.
So, what’s next for you?
I’ve just finished touring hard, 20 odd dates around the UK. Ticket sales were so good, we are going to do another 15 dates this Christmas!
What would your superpower be?
Flight! I’d love to fly – I’m fascinated by birds. We’ve a huge bird table with fruit and seeds on it to attract them. I’d love to be up there and have that endless feeling of being able to jump off a cliff.
So, what kind of bird would you be?
An Eagle . . . as opposed to a Sparrow.
Tell us a secret
I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone again next year at Sinah Warren!