Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Rhydian announces new album details

Rhydian Roberts has announced that he will release second album O Fortuna on November 30.

The former X Factor contestant, whose self-titled debut record came out last year, revealed that he had more creative control over his latest offering.

"I had a much more free hand with this album. I could spend my career trying to reinvent myself but ultimately this is me as a real singer," he said.

"This is very much where I envisaged being when I was at music school. I'm made up. It's brilliant. And long may it continue."

The album, which was produced by Karl Jenkins and Nigel Wright and recorded between July and October, includes collaborations with Bryn Terfel, Catrin Finch and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

The record includes his own versions of 'Land Of Our Fathers', 'Myfanwy, 'How Great Thou Art', 'Anthem' from the musical Chess, 'Annie's Song' and 'O Fortuna'.

The album also has a new track, 'I Won't Let You Walk This Road Alone', written for Roberts by Grammy award winning songwriter Walter Afansieff.

Rhydian's debut album sold over 500,000 copies, making him the most successful solo male artist of last year.

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