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Bryn Terfel Blog Bio

Born in North Wales, Bryn Terfel displayed natural musical talent at a young age. He went on to study at Guildhall School of Music and Drama after winning several singing competitions in his youth. By his 20s, Terfel was performing at opera houses across the globe, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and the Royal Opera House in London.

Terfel has received many honors in his life, including becoming a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a honor he received from the Queen of England. In 2013, he shared the GRAMMY Award® for "Best Opera Recording" with, among others, the 2013 Christmas concert guest artist, Deborah Voigt.

In his spare time, Terfel serves as a president of Shelter Cymru, a charity that, according to its website, “campaigns for new ways of eliminating homelessness and housing need, changes in legislation, and policies and practices that will improve the long-term housing and homelessness situations faced by thousands of people in Wales.”

Terfel, who has sold over 2.3 million records, has collaborated with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on many occasions. In 2003, he was the Choir’s Christmas concert guest artist. In 2007, Terfel joined the Choir for a special concert celebrating the rededication of the Salt Lake Temple. Recently, Terfel and the Choir teamed up and released Homeward Bound, an album that includes masterpieces like "What a Wonderful World," "Home on the Range," "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and more.

In the video above, Terfel discusses Homeward Bound and addresses what it’s like to work with Mack Wilberg and the Choir.