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Singer / Television and Radio Presenter - Aled Jones / Biography

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Aled Jones MBE has been a household name since the mid-1980s when his uniquely pure treble voice reverberated around the world sending shock waves of delight and admiration to music lovers everywhere.

He has come a long, long way since his enforced ‘retirement’ at the age of 16 when he gave up singing to concentrate on his school examinations. Aled always knew he would sing again – whether that was in the bath, at home or on the stage. So while the nation mourned the loss of his treble voice, Aled concentrated on his studies and his tennis. He played the game to county standard and, after taking his A level exams, Aled left his home in Anglesey, North Wales and moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music.
He went on to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School before auditioning for and winning the role of Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.

Aled was offered presenting roles on BBC Radio Wales as well as a TV role for the welsh-speaking channel S4C. He was also approached about a presenting role on the BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ and the rest, as they say, is history! Aled’s career blossomed and in 2002, Songs of Praise asked Aled to sing on the programme. The viewers loved it and this led to the release of his first real adult album entitled ‘Aled’ which was a storming success and went to No 1 in the Classical Charts.

The following year Aled was approached by ‘Classic FM’ radio and offered a two-hour Sunday morning programme which was an enormous personal success for him. Aled released another beautiful album entitled ‘Higher’ and followed this with a stunning album of carols which was packed full of everyone’s favourites. To his great amazement, Aled was the subject of the last ever ‘This is Your Life’ on the BBC and was surprised on stage at the Royal Albert Hall during the filming of the ‘Songs of Praise’ Big Sing.

Touring around the country in concerts, which he still does and enjoys immensely, Aled’s life became suddenly so busy that he hardly had time to draw breath. He appeared as a contestant on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in 2004 and won a whole new army of fans who loved his dancing performances and he was able to add the title of ‘dancer’ to his long string of accomplishments.

More tours and more albums followed and also a change of Sunday mornings as well. Aled was approached to join BBC Radio 2 and present their live flagship Sunday programme “Good Morning Sunday” which was an amazing success for him. In addition to ‘Good Morning Sunday’ Aled was given his own BBC Radio Wales chat show and also a presenting role on the live BBC 2 radio programme ‘Friday Night is Music Night’. Aled also presented a BBC Radio 3 Programme ‘The Choir’. Aled has since left BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3 and has returned to Classic FM Sunday morning’s from 9am to midday. He also regularly stands in for John Suchet on ‘Classic FM’.

In 2008 Aled took on the lead role of Caractacus Potts in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ in Cardiff to great acclaim and in 2009 he joined the cast of Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ in the starring role and played in Plymouth and Manchester. Aled will be returning to ‘White Christmas’ to star in London’s West End at the end of 2014. He is very excited about this.

Aled has also released two singles with Sir Terry Wogan in aid of the ‘Children in Need’ appeal over the last two years. He currently has a total of 29 albums to his name – selling over 6 million copies to date and is due to release another in 2014 and embark on a mini-tour of the UK. Aled has also written a book entitled ‘Aled’s Forty Favourite Hymns’ which was published towards the end of 2009 as well as a book on Christmas carols ‘Favourite Christmas Carols’. He also re-released his autobiography called ‘My Story’ in 2013.

Aled has presented ‘Escape to the Country’ and ‘Cash in the Attic’ which were received with great warmth. In 2012 Aled landed the co-presenting role with Lorraine Kelly ‘Daybreak’ on ITV1 and left in 2014 to host his own show called ‘Weekend’ every Saturday and Sunday morning on ITV1 of which he is really enjoying.

Now considered an accomplished all-round performer – Aled thrills audiences everywhere with his singing, acting, dancing and presenting, drawing people to him with his warmth and good humour as well as his undoubted talent.

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