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Myleene Klass

ArtForm: Event Host, CityShowcase Act/Composer

Multi-talented musician Myleene Klass hosts Classic FM's Sunday morning breakfast show.  She is an entertainer, a musician, singer, TV and radio presenter that attracts press column inches whatever she does and wherever she goes.  In short, Myleene Klass is a star!

She comes from six generations of classical musicians on her father's side. Her grandmother was an opera singer and her grandfather left his violin to her which she later went on to play. She began to learn the piano and violin from the age of 4 and then the harp at 12. She took all her Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exams in violin, piano and voice while at school and went on to receive an A grade in A level Music, as well as becoming a Norfolk County scholar.

Myleene has played in numerous orchestras and sang in various choirs, as well as teaching piano and voice to children and adults for seven years. Every one of her pupils she entered for exams passed!

Myleene trained at the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying Voice and Harp. Myleene then won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she later graduated.

Myleene then worked as a session musician/singer. She says: "I was incredibly fortunate. I got the chance to work with some of the most remarkable artists on a daily basis and learn from them. The diversity of the music I encountered each day is every musicians dream."

Diverse is an understatement. Myleene toured with the likes of K.D.Lang, Robbie Williams, Cliff Richard and Michael Crawford to name but a few. Her West End debut followed rapidly afterwards as she joined the cast of “Miss Saigon”. "I enjoyed being part of an ensemble. Miss Saigon is such an epic show and I had so much fun. It’s such an emotional and rewarding show to be a part of."

Myleene first shot to fame in the 2001 ITV1 series 'Popstars', the original reality TV music show whose premise was to create a UK pop band. From thousands of singing hopefuls, Myleene was chosen to become one of five members of the controversial yet incredibly successful pop band, Hear'Say.

Hear’Say’s first single “Pure and Simple” entered the charts at No.1, going on to sell over 1 million copies. This was followed by their No.1 album “Popstars”, and another No.1 single “The Way To Your Love”. However, despite a string of hit singles and a nationwide sell out tour, the band split in late 2002 leaving Myleene to pursue a solo career.

In 2003, Myleene signed a solo deal with Universal Classics. The first fruit of this deal was her debut solo classical album “Moving On”. The album was an immediate success. Not only did it enter the classical charts at No.2, the album went on to break records in all genres, entering the popular charts amidst pop and rock artists alike, as well as having the first classical video to be played on 'The Box' and other pop channels. Myleene was also honoured with her first BRIT nomination for album.

Myleene adds: "I have been lucky to have experienced every facet of the entertainment industry. I see myself as an entertainer. I adore playing the piano and singing, locking myself away and learning sonatas but I equally enjoy meeting people, presenting, acting and writing. I would never like to be pigeonholed as I feel this limits your capabilities and doesn't engage or broaden your mind".

With her exotic looks (her mother is Filipino, her father Austrian/English), her extraordinary talent, and her passion for the entertainment industry, Myleene is a girl made more articulate and feisty by her experiences. One thing is for certain, we are going to be hearing a lot more from this eloquent young woman for many years to come.

Biog as provided by artist or representative for City Showcase June 2006.

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