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About Will Young

In many ways, Will Young is a thoroughly modern pop star. The Wokingham, Berkshire, England, native catapulted to fame in 2002 after winning the music competition TV reality show Pop Idol. Young’s double-sided debut single, the soaring ballad “Evergreen” and the simmering R&B cut “Anything Is Possible,” promptly smashed UK sales records and topped the singles chart; later, he dabbled in contemporary-sounding electro (2011’s sleek “Jealousy”) and disco-pop (2019’s “My Love”). Yet with his soulful croon and knack for interpretation, Young is also a distinct throwback to an earlier era. His jazzy take on The Doors’ “Light My Fire” was an early sensation thanks to Pop Idol; his 2003 rendition of “Love the One You’re With” captured the upbeat spirit of the Stephen Stills original. And the 2021 release Crying on the Bathroom Floor found Young covering songs recorded by women, led by a searing version of Bat for Lashes’ “Daniel.”

Wokingham, England
January 20, 1979
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