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Sarah Brightman Dreamchaser;
Born; 14 August 1960 (age 52)
Origin; Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Genres; Classical crossover, operatic pop, symphonic rock, symphonic metal, pop, new age, rock, dance, electronica, techno, folk
Occupations;Singer, actress, songwriter, dancer
Instruments; Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active; 1972–present
Labels; A&M (1993)
East West; (1995–2001)
On 27 January 2011 Hunan Broadcasting System, China's second biggest television network after China Central Television (CCTV) invited Brightman to participate in their Spring Festival, analogous celebration to the New Year's celebrations in the Western countries. She sang Scarborough Fair -Brightman's evergreen song in China- and Nessun Dorma.For the first time it was revealed that Brightman charges an average of US$ 150,000 for interpretation in such events as Chinese media remarked. When announcing the arrival of Brightman in their country, local press took the opportunity to mention China's appreciation and gratitude for the singer by her donations for the development of that area of China after the Wenchuan earthquake.
On 1 & 2 October 2011, she made a special appearance during the finale of The Phantom of the Opera at The Albert Hall; a fully staged production performed at the famous London venue - marking 25 years since the musical received its world premiere. Introduced as his "Angel of Music" by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Brightman performed the title song backed by five past, present and future Phantoms. The production front of an audience of 5,500 was broadcast live into cinemas around the globe including in the U.S, around Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia.
While receiving the UNESCO Artist for Peace Award, Brightman announced that she is recording a new studio album set for a late 2012 release and will embark on another World Tour in 2013.
On 26 September 2012, Sarah Brightman's new website was launched along with a free download for community members of her new single Angel from her upcoming album Dreamchaser set to be released in January 2013.
In August of 2012, it was reported that Brightman had received medical approval from Russia, to begin cosmonaut training outside of Moscow, possibly to become one of the only celebrities to pay for travel on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to visit the International Space Station (ISS), in 2015.
On October 10, 2012, Brightman hosted a press conference in Moscow announcing her intention to launch on a future orbital spaceflight mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in partnership with Space Adventures, Ltd., the world’s leading private space experiences company.
Brightman will be part of a three-person crew travelling to the International Space Station on board a Soyuz rocket.Once on the ISS she will orbit the earth 16 times daily and intends to become the first professional musician to sing from space. The final scheduling of her trip to the space station will be determined by Roscosmos and the ISS partners in the coming months.
In conjunction with her role as a UNESCO Artist for Peace ambassador, Brightman’s life on board the space station – which requires the mindful, shared consumption of resources and a clear and unwavering focus on sustainability – will be a model for how we might better inhabit our planet. During her estimated 10-day tenure on board the space station, Brightman will advocate for UNESCO’s mandate to promote peace and sustainable development to safeguard earth’s future. Additionally, Brightman will use this journey to advance female education and empowerment in science and technology in an effort to help close gender gap in the STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields
January 2010, Brightman is Panasonic's global Brand Ambassador. Together they launched the song "Shall Be Done" at Panasonic's Olympic Pavilion at Live City Yaletown, the official celebration site of the 2010 Winter Games held in Vancouver, Canada. The lyrics of the song express Panasonic's vision for the next generation as well as Brightman's vision, infusing the spirit of 'ideas for life' of contribution for a sustainable society. The song has been used in a wide range of global promotional activities including stores, advertising, exhibitions and other events.
On 8 February 2012 Brightman accepted the UNESCO nomination to be an “Artist For Peace” Ambassador.Additionally, she is actively engaged in Panasonic's UNESCO World Heritage Centre endeavors, and stars in their The World Heritage Special campaign.
In 2012 In conjunction with Virgin Galactic, The Brightman STEM Scholarship program (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) was launched. It will help young women in the US pursue STEM education across their four year college careers.