30th September 2016
Amazon.com now has samples of the tracks from the True Stories album available and Russell is sounding mag – niff – i – cent !! The expected release date is shown for the United States as 28th October, rather later than we’d understood but at least we now have a date.
Note that US customers can purchase ‘Aprile‘ as a single digital track NOW by way of pre-ordering the MP3 version of the album.
27th September 2016
Positive news again for Russell’s single Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough as two more US radio stations add the song to their playlists and it rises again in the AC chart, standing at #23 as of yesterday.
On the Home Front, the forthcoming album ‘True Stories‘, from which the single is taken, enters the Amazon (UK) Best Sellers (currently at #17) and the Amazon (UK) Hot New Releases (currently at #3 though it was at #2 earlier). Both of these charts are updated hourly so some fluctuation can be expected but the trend continues upwards!
26th September 2016
Amazon.co.uk now shows the full track list for ‘True Stories’
1. If I Loved You
3. Now And Forever
4. Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough
5. La Fleur
7. With A Song In My Heart
8. In The Wee Small Hours
9. Who Can I Turn To
10. I’m Alive
11. When It Shines
12. The Lord’s Prayer
13. Do You Hear What I Hear (Bonus Track)
25th September 2016
Sky Arts will present a second showing of Russell’s 21011 concert ‘Return Of The Voice Live At The Royal Albert Hall‘ from 10am Monday 3rd October.
23rd September 2016
Congratulations to US radio show host, Delilah, on being awarded “Network/Syndicated Personality Of The Year” in the 2016 Marconi Awards. We don’t get to hear her programme in the UK but she’s on Facebook, of course. Delilah recently had some lovely comments for Russell and his song, ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough’, so it’s nice to see nice things happening for her. If you still haven’t heard the song, Click Here.
21st September 2016
Shifting focus slightly …
20th September 2016
Today would have been Kirsty Howard‘s 21st birthday, had she not been taken from the world in October last year …
If you’re not already aware of the late Kirsty Howard, her fundraising for Francis House Children’s Hospice, how she touched the hearts of the nation and how she and Russell became friends, take a look at Susie Mathis’ book “Kirsty – Angel Of Courage” that can be found in print or online, in full, and read free of charge on Scribd.
This week’s airplays chart from US radio stations doesn’t show a great deal of significant movement in the Top 30. Apart from a couple of new entrants, things are much as they were last week. Russell does move up one more place though, from #26 to #25 – and up is up so it’s still heading in the right direction.
Next week’s TV listings show that Russell’s fantastic concert Return Of The Voice Live At The Royal Albert Hall is to be shown on Sky Arts on Friday 30th September from 3pm. It’s usually shown three times over several days but the following week’s schedule isn’t available yet.
If you haven’t yet seen this concert, you simply must. Set the Skybox to record it or find it in the Catch Up TV listings. Better still, get the DVD. Read more …
16th September 2016
Russell’s new album, True Stories, is due for general release in the UK on 4th November 2016 and is now available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk
The cover artwork differs from that suggested during the Songs From The Heart Tour and no formal Track List is given but several titles are mentioned in Amazon’s descriptive paragraph –
If I Loved You
In The Wee Small Hours (Of The Morning)
Now And Forever
Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough
The Lord’s Prayer
Who Can I Turn To
With A Song In My Heart
For more, please see our Discography page.
14th September 2016
Russell Tweets …
2nd September 2016
As promised yesterday, Russell Tweets a few pictures from today’s session in the studio …
“Dogs And Their Faithful Celebrities” features fun ‘tails’ of dogs and their faithful celebrity owners; all royalties from the book will go towards the work of Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity.
1st September 2016
After Gregory Darling posts a photo of himself and Dani Robinson in the studio with a caption about ‘laying down a couple XMas tracks with Russell Watson‘ Russell Tweets ..
The consensus of replies suggests the answer is probably a “Yes” … just so long as Russell’s in the frame, of course.
30th August 2016
Russell’s latest Newsletter confirms his appearance at the NSPCC’s event “Childlines’s Merry Little Christmas” at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday 13th December 2016.
Tickets will go on general sale from 5th September but the pre-sale has begun NOW via Ticketmaster.
25th August 2016
Russell’s official website reproduces a newsletter item from Delilah, a radio show host with national syndication across the USA. It’s most complimentary and contains a link that plays his new single Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough in full. If you see the same post via his Facebook Page, the “LISTEN HERE” link isn’t reproduced in that, it’s just ordinary text, so do have a look at Russell’s website blog post and take advantage of the link there. Or just click here to listen.
23rd August 2016
With Russell’s new single currently being played on more and more US radio stations it’s rather timely that this evening and on Sunday broadcaster WGBH is to show the lavish 2013 concert “A Salute To Vienna”, staged in the historic Konzerthaus, where Russell was a star guest and sang ‘Serenade‘ and ‘You Are My Heart’s Delight’.
Tonight on WGBX at 7pm…
Sunday on WGBX at 5.30pm
View the WBGH page
22nd August 2016
Russell’s digital single of Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough continues to gain traction in the US where it has entered the top 40 for the most air-plays (or ‘spins’ as they call them) on the radio. Congrats to Russell! We very much hope that the trend continues and translates into downloads …
21st August 2016
Mark Chivers’ interview with Jan Rawlinson of Calon FM about the genesis of Masquerade String Quartet and life on the road with Russell, is now available on SoundCloud and features several excellent tracks of their own music.
19th August 2016
According to the NSPCC’s website, Russell will be taking part in this year’s spectacular fundraiser celebrating Childline’s 30th anniversary at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday 13th December 2016 from 7:00pm.
VIP package(s) available now.
General admission tickets from £22 – £99 will be available from 5th September 2016 but there is a facility to register for a ‘pre-sale’.
Please see the NSPCC’s website for more information.
19th August 2016
Perhaps being in the beautiful province of Lucca is just a coincidence but it’s a lovely place to be on the occasion of your first wedding anniversary …
Happy Anniversary to Mr & Mrs Watson!
Paying a re-visit to the web page of photographer Wes Simpson, whose pictures of Russell and Louise’s wedding featured in last year’s Hello! Magazine we find an album of photos from the big day, many of which we haven’t seen before. We highly recommend a visit to Wes Simpson Photography where you’ll find them under ‘Destination Weddings’ > ‘Benahavis, Spain’.
17th August 2016
We thought Russell was taking a break but it’s looking like a busman’s holiday and he’s done a photo shoot in Lucca. Very Italianate! Not everyone thinks the backdrop is the most appropriate, though, but who’s looking at the walls when there’s a such a handsome bloke in the frame …
15th August 2016
It’s time for some Rest & Relaxation as Hayley heads to New Zealand (via HK and Sydney) to catch up with the globe-trotting Joshua, and Russell and Louise enjoy a break in Italy. We wish them all safe travels and the happiest of holidays.
14th August 2016
Russell says a ‘Massive thank you’ to those who have been to his concerts this year and adds that it’s now time for some rest and relaxation …
10th August 2016
Tonight’s concert at Exeter Corn Exchange and Friday’s concert at The Cresset in Peterborough have both had to be cancelled today due to Russell having a throat infection. While this Tour has had some fabulous highs, it’s been plagued with throat infections but we can only reflect that Russell is human and not immune to these viruses, fit as he is usually. We can only wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to whatever the future brings along with his new album release.
If you’d like to wish Russell well, please join us in doing so on his Official Facebook Page
All the best Russell …
10th August 2016 : Yeovil Press : Review of the Yeovil Octagon concert
9th August 2016
Russell’s HQ posts that Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough has gone to joint 3rd place on All Access Music Group’s chart for songs recently added to radio stations’ playlists.
This isn’t the same as the sales chart but is unprecedented for a Classical Crossover artist. Yay, Russell! Let’s hope it gets lots of airplays and this translates to sales!
5th August 2016
Even sooner than expected, Russell’s single of Sometime Love Just Ain’t Enough becomes available to download from Amazon.com. Unfortunately, it appears that they are restricting sales to within the United States. The good news, though, is that the song has been included on a weekly promotional disc sent to radio stations to encourage airplays and is amongst the “Cool New Music” chosen by All Access Music Group, a major and influential music industry resource.
1st August 2016 : Bristol Post : Review of the Bristol Hippodrome concert : Gerry Parker