Ten years ago, over five million viewers tuned into the inaugural episode of Britain’s Got Talent to witness mobile salesman Paul Potts shuffle up to the microphone to perform his rendition of Nessun Dorma.
For Bristol-born Paul, music was a source of solace from years of bullying, financial hardship, medical setbacks, and lack of self-confidence. This was Paul’s one chance to finally break free from his past. And as his voice soared, Britain – and the whole world – fell in love with his story and incredible talent.
A few weeks later, a record-breaking 12 million viewers saw Paul be crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent. His audition of ‘Nessun Dorma’ remains one of the most-watched videos in YouTube history, his debut, multi-platinum album One Chance reached Number One in 15 countries and he’s been invited to perform for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance on two occasions.
Paul is still touching people’s lives all around the world, and he’s about to release perhaps his most ambitious release yet, On Stage, a collection of songs he’s been inspired by or performed in leading roles – from Broadway to the West End – during his extraordinary career.
I’ve worked closely with Paul’s management company Modest! and written his new bio to celebrate the album’s release. Paul says, “I spent months listening to so many powerful songs and discovering which ones I really connected with. I also had my processional open debuts last year in London and in Szeged in Hungary. I had great fun in performing the roles of Cavaradossi and Steersman in the productions of Tosca and The Flying Dutchman, and it would be remiss of me to not include pieces that I have performed ‘on stage’”.
Check out Paul’s new record…enjoy!
Michael from Tea or Copy.