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Michael Ball

A regular face on British stage and television, performer Michael Ball was born in 1962 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, U.K. Moving to South West England when he was three years old, Ball grew up learning to sing along to records by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, and after an unhappy stint at boarding school in his teens -- and discovering a love of Shakespeare during school holidays -- Ball went on to study at the Guilford School of Acting. Graduating in 1984, his first role was in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s production of Godspell, but his major break came a year later when he took on the role of Frederick in the Manchester Opera House’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. Ball secured his first West End role playing Marius in Les Miserables and two years later, in 1987, he took over the role of Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera at the request of Cameron Mackintosh. A performance in Aspects of Love in 1989 -- on both sides of the Atlantic -- saw Ball’s popularity grow, and with the release of the single "Love Changes Everything" from the show -- which went on to reach number two in the U.K. singles chart -- he became a household name.

After a few not so successful follow-up singles, Ball was chosen to represent the U.K. in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden. Coming in at a respectable second place, the track "One Step Out of Time" would pave the way for his debut album. The self-titled release reached the top of the U.K. album chart, and the following releases Always (1993), One Careful Owner (1994), and First Love (1996) all reached the U.K. Top Ten. Returning to the stage in 2002 as Caractacus Potts in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Ball would continue to wow audiences with his performances and went on to take the lead role in the 2007 production of Hairspray, earning himself the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Edna Turnblad. Splitting his time between stage, radio, and a recording career, Ball continued to release albums throughout the noughties, most notably 2005’s Music and 2007’s Back to Bacharach. In 2011, he released Heroes, a collection of covers featuring songs that had inspired Ball to become a performer. Both Sides Now followed in 2013, which featured a reworked version -- performed with Il Divo -- of his original breakthrough hit "Love Changes Everything." ~ Rich Wilson, Rovi
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Loved him in Les Mis
beclark692
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Michael Ball's voice has such an amazing ability to convey emotion.
when selecting an artist i want to hear that artist not others that seem similer
in selecting an artist i want that particular artist to be played
jbrodsky19
Go mike!/Raoul/ M a r i o u s !
belenjuarez9 9 9
Love his voice <3
scalexjr
saw him in Les Mis...he was simply the best Marius....by far !
My Goodness.... I thought this was Elvis. He has a beautiful voice....ver y smooth...
It's very strange but I found out about him through watching Nevermind the Buzzcock
jtucker961
Fabulous, wish I had seen him in the show!
carols16
To try and clear up the confusion, Michael Ball played Raoul on stage in the Phantom of the Opera in the West End in London when the orginal cast brought the show to Broadway.
elway97
Michael Ball is such a rare and pure talent. When I saw him in Les Mes I was hooked. I had all his CD's ordered from the UK. he makes it look so effortless. If you have not seen the 10th anniversary concert with Colm Wilkerson, I highly recommend it. Its one of a kind and Ball is nothing short of amazing.
hhrothman
Right up there with josh groban new fan I am!
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caleary3
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jcrown37
Michael Ball is one of the most genuinely humble people I've ever met. While backstage with the musicians after his concert, someone mentioned that I was a fan of his and he took the time to come over to where I was just to say hello.

When I complimented him on his incredible voice, he flashed his beautiful smile while shaking his head and immediately deflected the glory to the musicians who backed him, insisting that "they" were the ones who made him sound good and that he owed it all to them
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robincottenp h o t o
I loved Michael in The Phantom! I would have stayed with him....
**sigh** so beautiful
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love his voice
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