As well as being known a vocalist who -- for the most part -- specialized in religious and inspirational works, Aled Jones (born December 29, 1970, in Bangor, Wales) was also a familiar voice on U.K. classical radio as well as a contestant on a ballroom dancing competition reality show. Signed to a recording contract before his teens, Jones was best known -- at least in the first part of his career -- for his version of "Walking in the Air" from the 1982 animated film The Snowman. Shortly thereafter, at the age of 16, Jones' career had a bit of a tumble when his voice broke. Jones kept on, studying at the Royal Academy of Music, and in 1995 he was back on-stage in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. By the first few years of the 21st century, Jones had become a regular presenter on U.K. classical radio, both on Classic FM and eventually BBC Radio. In 2004, he released an album of holiday tunes, The Christmas Album, followed in 2005 by his next full-length, New Horizons. A greatest-hits compilation came out in 2006, featuring a duet with his younger self on his famous version of "Walking in the Air." October 2007 saw the release of his next record, Reason to Believe, which featured a number of duets with other artists (including Welsh pop singer Cerys Matthews of Catatonia fame) and cracked the U.K. Top 20, peaking at number 15. ~ Chris True
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