Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stage: Diva Is to Dive into Pop; Having Opened This Year's Royal Variety Performance, Katherine Jenkins and Darcey Bussell Join Forces Again at the Sage Gateshead Tomorrow. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stage: Diva Is to Dive into Pop; Having Opened This Year's Royal Variety Performance, Katherine Jenkins and Darcey Bussell Join Forces Again at the Sage Gateshead Tomorrow. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Reports

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Byline: GORDON BARR

I WAS thinking of calling my new album Release The Diva," says Katherine Jenkins, struggling in vain to keep a straight face.

Of course it's called nothing of the sort - it's called Rejoice. No-one is less of a diva than Katherine Jenkins. And she wouldn't have it any other way - despite finishing off her Viva La Diva tour with Darcey Bussell at The Sage Gateshead tomorrow.

I think everyone would love me to become a diva," she chuckles. "I'd love to come up with something really off-the-wall to demand because all I ever ask for when I perform is some water - any old water - and tea-making facilities and some organic chocolate for after the show.

"None of that stuff about special mineral waters at special temperatures for washing my hair, or rooms filled with lilies of a certain colour. But maybe I should start!"

The truth is that Katherine Jenkins doesn't need to make daft demands or throw tantrums to prove anything to herself or anybody else. She's proved everything already - and she's done it with nothing more than her natural talent.

There's little left to prove for a woman whose special voice, winning personality and captivating smile have won her millions of fans all over the world.

It's just four years since Katherine, now 27, was a primary school teacher who got signed to the biggest record deal in classical history.

Now, after four best-selling and record breaking albums of classical tunes, hymns and arias, the former choirgirl of the year has tackled her last remaining ambition.

With a set of songs written for her by some of the most successful songwriters and producers in the world - plus a set of stunning portraits by celebrity photographer Rankin - she is moving up into the kind of territory occupied by the likes of Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand.

"With my first four albums I've been trying to make more people aware of classical music, and to realise they know more classical music than they realise," says Katherine. …

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