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Welsh singers and musicians

Wales has produced a host of influential and internationally successful music figures.

[Shirley Bassey cited Visit Wales]

Dame Shirley Bassey was born in 1937 and had a glowing career since the mid 1950s. She became the first Welsh person to reach no 1 in the UK chart with ‘As I Love You’ in 1959 and reached number one several other times in the UK and countries around the World. She has also recorded songs for three James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979).

Catatonia was a popular alternative rock band in the 1990s who produced hits such as ‘Mulder and Scully’ and ‘Road Rage’. Lead singer Cerys Matthews has collaborated with Space and Tom Jones to create other hits.

Charlotte Church. A Soprano and pop singer, Charlotte has won a number of awards and sold over 10 million records worldwide in the early 2000s.

[Charlotte Church cited Visit Wales]

Duffy made it to no 1 with her hit single ‘Mercy’ and album ‘Rockferry’ in 2008 in countries all over the World. She also picked up 3 Brit awards in 2009 for the same album which featured another huge hit ‘Warwick Avenue.’

Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas has performed in concerts across the world, including the  Summer Paralympics opening ceremony in 2012, and the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

Feeder, a band from Newport Wales, have achieved international recognition. Best known for the song ‘Buck Rogers’ and ‘Tumble and Fall’  the 2005 album ‘Pushing the senses’ was a big success.

DJ High Contrast has had success throughout the 2000s and 2010s for remixing songs such as ‘No Way to Say" and ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’. He was selected to help produce the music for the Athletes' Parade at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

[Katherine Jenkins cited Visit Wales]

Katherine Jenkins is perhaps our most well known opera singer. A mezzo soprano, her albums have performed well in the UK and foreign charts. Katherine also competed in the American Dancing with the Stars show and came second after topping the points table in 7 out 10 rounds including the final.

Nesdi Jones is a young Welsh talent who reached no 1 in the Asian charts. She sings in  Hindi, Punjabi and English and has also achieved 3 no 1ns in the Bhangra charts.

Sir Tom Jones OBE

Jones, whose real name is Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE has sold over 100 million records worldwide, including 'It's Not Unusual', 'What's New Pussycat', 'Delilah', 'She's a Lady' and 'Sex Bomb'. He was awarded an OBE in 1999 and in 2006 he was knighted for services to music and amongst his many honours he has picked up a Grammy and 2 Brits awards. Tom has sung with many of the most iconic stars of the last 6 decades. Put simply Tom Jones is a Welsh Legend!

Manic Street Preachers formed in Caerphilly, South Wales they have won numerous awards, and no 1 singles at home and abroad. They continue to play at large events and festivals with punk / alternative rock songs ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’, and ‘The Masses Against the Classes’.

Mariana and the Diamonds a singer-songwriter from Brynmawr South East Wales has had chart success in New Zealand to Austria and America, with singles ‘Holywood’ and ‘Primadonna’ being firm favourites.  

Ivor Novello was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century in the UK and was talented at acting, songwriting and singing. He is recognised as one of the most influential writers of musicals and the Ivor Novello Awards were established in 1955 in his memory, for outstanding international music writers.

Huw Stephens has been a national Radio 1 presenter since 2005 and has also become a well known DJ in his own right, playing at numerous events and festivals. Huw helped to establish the Cardiff based Sŵn music festival in 2007.

Shakin' Stevens Was the UK’s biggest selling singles artist of the 1980s and is known worldwide. He has continued to make music and is best known for songs ‘This Ole House’ ‘Green Door’ and ‘Oh Julie’

Stereophonics. With his famous gravelly voice, lead vocalist Kelly Jones is well known in the world of rock music and the Stereophonics have had had no 1 albums which included hit songs ‘Dakota’, ‘Handbags and Gladrags’ and ‘Maybe Tomorrow’

Bryn Terfel is a respected and well known Opera singer who has sung in National concert halls across in Europe and America. A bass-baritone, Bryn is best known for his performances as Figaro, Don Giovanni, Sweeny Todd and more recently various Wagner roles.

Bonnie Tyler, another singer with a recognisable husky voice has had number one records over three different decades in countries across the globe. With sales in excess of six million each, Hits ‘It's a Heartache’ and 'Total Eclipse of the Heart’ are among the best-selling singles of all time. Other songs such as ‘holding onto a hero’ and ‘A Rockin' Good Way (to Mess Around and Fall in Love)' with Shakin’ Stevens, she became very popular, particularly in France, Belgium and the UK.