8 years ago Jonathan Antoine walked onto the stage of Britain’s Got Talent as a shy and nervous 17 year old. Today, he is on the verge of becoming a global superstar.
Fantoines showing their love for Jonathan Antoine
Since writing a piece about him in last week’s UK edition (The Metamorphosis of a Tenor) we have been inundated with messages from his fans (known as “Fantoines”) across the world talking about how Jonathan is something totally exceptional. As Simon Cowell said, Jonathan is comparable to the great Pavarotti.
Jonathan is clearly blessed with one of the best voices in the world. But on top of that, many people have pointed out that it is his character – his kindness, his love, compassion, emotion, even vulnerability – that channels his music direct to our souls.
Some of Jonathan Antoine’s performances
And he has posted these two just in the last fortnight –
As some of the newest members of the Fantoines, we were delighted to receive this message from Jonathan a few days ago –
Jonathan Antoine: a musician from the beginning
Jonathan grew up in Essex, the son of a police inspector, John, and his wife Tracy. He attended the West Hatch High School in Chigwell where his singing coach, Jenny Ewington, recognised his talent and became an important mentor and friend.
At the age of 14 he auditioned at the four major music colleges in London and, after being accepted by them all, chose to attend the Royal Academy of Music.
He started singing with Charlotte Jaconelli in 2011 and the duo went on to perform on Britain’s Got Talent, eventually ending up as runners-up.
Following their televised success, Simon Cowell offered Jonathan and Charlotte a recording contract, reportedly worth around a million pounds.
In 2014, Placido Domingo invited Jonathan to appear at the closing ceremony of the iTunes Festival.
In September 2018, Jonathan held his first solo US concert at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza near Los Angeles.
He has recently released several albums that can be found on his website.