Earlier this year Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli not only took Great Britain by storm, but the entire world with their beautiful rendition of Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion’s hit song “The Prayer” on Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent. The 16 and 17 year old opera singers came extremely close to winning Britain’s Got Talent, and their loss raised an uproar with music lovers throughout the U.K. The duo released their debut album, Together in the U.S. today (October 30th) and I had the privilege of speaking with the notable singers on their experience on Britain’s Got Talent, what fans can expect on their new album, and much more!
Charlotte Jaconelli: “We met in secondary school (which is high school), and we were doing an exam for music. We got put together for a performance and kind of ever since then we’ve sang together – since we were about 14. So for a good three years we’ve been friends singing together.”
Candace Rose: Jonathan, you’ve been dubbed by fans as the “British Pavarotti”, and Charlotte your voice is just as powerful and beautiful. You both narrowly missed winning Britain’s Got Talent. Can you tell us about your experience on the show?
Jonathan Antoine: “It was a lot of fun. It was very intense process for learning all the songs, and a lot of waiting for things to happen. But when they do happen, it’s incredible. Alongside that, we were working with great people, and I feel really privileged to have had the opportunity to work with great people now and back then.”
Candace Rose: Who decided to audition for Britain’s Got Talent? Was it a decision you both made?
Charlotte Jaconelli: “That would have been me! I originally applied without actually telling him. But before I pressed the Send button, I did inform him that I was applying for the show. It was a very spontaneous moment, applying. There wasn’t really much thought that went into it. It was all ‘look, Britain’s Got Talent application form – let’s do it!’ And that was kind of it really.”
Candace Rose: How would you say your life has changed since auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent?
Jonathan Antoine: “How hasn’t it changed? Everything’s turned upside down really. It’s incredible. We’re here. We get to do all these amazing things, and the album is releasing in the states right now. It’s just incredible.”
Candace Rose: What’s it been like working with Simon Cowell?
Charlotte Jaconelli: “It’s the coolest thing ever! To know that you’re working alongside somebody who has worked with a lot of credible amazing artists over here and in the U.S., you couldn’t want to work with anyone else. It’s just a great opportunity and amazing for us.”
Candace Rose: I read that neither one of you have ever been to an opera, but you both sing it beautifully. How did you get involved in singing opera music?
Jonathan Antoine: “For me, it just sort of happened, and for Charlotte it happened when we started singing as sort of this job that we do now – if you can call it a job!
Charlotte Jaconelli: “It kind of began for me on Britain’s Got Talent because I’ve still, to this day never had intense classical training. And I think for me it was kind of the show and the album was the first time for me to sing classical music. It’s amazing, and I love doing it. We both love doing it! It’s great.”
Candace Rose: Well, you’re both extremely talented. Can you tell us about your new album?
Charlotte Jaconelli: “It’s this mixture of classical classics and more popular music that we’ve kind of put our Jonathan & Charlotte sprinkle on. We tried to create this new genre of classical crossover popera sound, and tried to reach out to as many people as possible and get everybody to like this kind of music and listen to it and enjoy it, and share the experience with us.”
Candace Rose: What can your fans expect on the album?
Jonathan Antoine: “Sweeping orchestral music accompanied by us doing a bit of singing.”
Charlotte Jaconelli: “Explosion of music!”
Candace Rose: Do either of you have a favorite song on the album?
Jonathan Antoine: “It’s a difficult choice to make.”
Charlotte Jaconelli: “There’s so many on there that we both love. I mean there’s “The Prayer” which is an obvious choice for us because it’s the one we did on the show. “Canto Della Terra” which is a more classical classic; “Rule the World”; First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (“La Prima Volta”); “Everybody Hurts”. There’s just so many tracks on there that we’ve kind of emotionally connected to and put our heart and soul in if you like.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional information you’d like to share with your fans?
Charlotte Jaconelli: “We try to match clothes!”
Jonathan Antoine: “All the time.”
Charlotte Jaconelli: “We wore spots and stripes and realized it wasn’t matching so that was a bit of a disaster at the end of the day – so that’s a fact!”
Candace Rose: In the United States that’s the latest thing, so come on over! We’d gladly welcome you!
Charlotte Jaconelli: “We want to come with our spots and stripes, and crazy patterns and we’ll be there singing.”
Candace Rose: Well, you’re welcome anytime!
Charlotte Jaconelli: “Thank you.”
Candace Rose: Your album “Together” is being released in the U.S. today. Where can your fans pick up a copy?
Charlotte Jaconelli: In all local stores, and music stores, and supermarkets, and you can pick it up online- Amazon.com. We heard it’s third in the states in the classical charts at the moment, so there’s many, many different places for people to purchase the album.