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Faye and Russell Watson

Russell Watson and Faye Tozer Russell Watson and Faye Tozer

Notepad Icon  Introduction

In 2002, Faye released 'Someone Like You', her first release following STEPS. The song was a duet with opera singer Russell Watson.

Following the release of the single, Faye accompanied Russell on his latest tour, performing 'Someone Like You' and self-penned STEPS ballad 'If You Believe'.

Star Icon  About Russell Watson

Born in Salford, Lancashire, England, November 24th, 1966, Russell Watson is an English tenor who has released popular albums of operatic-style songs. In his 9 year career he has released four singles and, five albums, and more are planned.

Although Russell has been singing since he was a child, he never sought a career as a professional singer, and began work as a bolt-cutter in Manchester. To help support his young family, he began to earn extra cash singing Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond covers in north-west clubs.

The turning point in his career came at an engagement at Wigan Road working men's club one night, when the secretary suggested he try singing "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot. Although Russell Watson is not a classically trained singer he continued to perform the piece, and was encouraged to try new classical pieces.

In 1998 he was invited to sing at Old Trafford during the interval at a Memorial Match of the Munich air disaster, a huge privilege for a lifelong Manchester United fan. However, his appearance was cancelled at the last minute when player Eric Cantona requested that Mick Hucknall sing instead.

In 1999 he sang the UK's national anthem at the rugby Cup final at Wembley Stadium, then finally got to sing at Old Trafford before the last match of the Premiership season between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. After the game, when his team had won the league championship, he returned onto the pitch to sing the Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe song "Barcelona", during which he tore off his dinner suit to reveal a Manchester United shirt.

This appearance sealed his success, and only a week later he was invited to sing a full set at the final of the UEFA Champions League in Barcelona between United and Bayern Munich, duetting with Montserrat Caballe herself.






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