Sarah Brightman (b. Aug. 14, 1960) has earned her nickname of the "Angel of Music." Her soaring soprano carries listeners away as they're transformed by her music. Born in Berkhamsted, Hertforshire, England, Sarah has earned more more than 180 gold and platinum awards in 40 countries and has appeared in concert on every continent.
Before becoming an international songstress, Brightman appeared with a dance troupe, "Pans People," subsequently joining "Hot Gossip," where she solo'd by releasing several disco ht singles. In 1981, she debuted in "Cats," where she met her future first husband, Andrew Lloyd Weber. She starred in several Broadway musicals, including her iconic creation of "The Phantom of the Opera" role as "Christine Daaé."
After successful musical runs, Brightman returned to the solo center stage with former "Enigma" co-producer, Frank Peterson. They released a string of successful albums. Her duet on "Time of Say Goodbye" with Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, topped European charts and sold 12 million copies worldwide, but her highly personal, thematic albums "Eden" (1998), "La Luna" (2000), "Harem" (2003) and "Symphony" (2008) and the accompanying tours made her stage presence known to fans all over the globe.
Even with all her success, Sarah Brightman still gets stage fright before every performance. She once shared that "Right before I go on stage I'm absolutely terrified. My mind darts at many directions but the center of me is going forward into the performance..." She has her own ritual, like most athletes and performers: "When I sing, I close my eyes. If I see a feather, everything is fine. Without this image in my mind, the sound is not 'truthful' enough and I must begin again. I have to. I first had this feeling, this instinct, with 'The Phantom of the Opera', and since then have always listened to it."
Brightman is the first artist to have been invited to perform at two Olympic games: the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and, 16 years later, in Beijing to an estimated four billion people, worldwide. In 2010, she was named by Billboard as the fifth most influential and top-selling classical artist of the 2000's decade in the U.S. She appeared in Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008). In 2013, she observed that, "As I get older, I become more imaginative, and feel like I have maybe a shorter time to get a lot of things going on in my mind done. I look at composers and conductors, anybody involved in music or writing or art in general; they got more done as they got older. If I can, I'll be one of those people because what I do is my passion."
Brightman's latest album, Dreamchaser, was released in 2013. She is currently making limited appearances throughout eastern Canada and the U.S.A. and will continue her Dreamchaser World Tour throughout the Summer and Fall 2014, as she continues to soar musically with the angels.