Aled Jones became renowned across the nations as the vocal talent behind Christmas-inspired 1982 animated film ‘The Snowman’. The Welsh singer later became a presenter of BBC’s ‘Cash in the Attic’ and ‘Escape to the Country’. But in a candid confession about his career, he admitted that it was actually a moment with Queen Elizabeth II and other Royal Family members that taught him his most important lesson in life so far.
The ‘Walking in the Air’ singer was at the Royal Variety Performance when a massive mistake led him to understand the importance of preparedness.
He told Huffington Post in 2016 that the show’s director asked him “not to use the words and music” while he sang the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit ‘Memory’ only for it to end in disaster.
Aled said: “I agreed with him even though I didn’t know the words and music well enough.
“Guess what happened – I forgot my words in front of the Queen.”
The singer “panicked like mad” when he realised that he couldn’t remember the lyrics but later received a compliment from the composer of ‘Cats’ the musical.
He told S Magazine said: “I made up a verse and then came back to the chorus. Lloyd Webber said I’d improved it. I had nightmares.”
When Aled reflected on the moment, he added: “I learnt two lessons that night – one, never to trust the director and two, learn my words and music better.”
Despite the royal blunder, he continued onto a successful career and away from the TV spotlight still records music, which he often releases over the festive period.
But he revealed that he is happiest when secluded away from the rest of the world on Macaroni Beach, part of Mustique Island in the Caribbean.
Aled said: “Just me and the Atlantic Ocean, no one else there except family – it is an exhilarating soul enhancing experience.
“It’s just a shame that it’s so expensive!”
The singer’s also hinted that his decision to go into television presenting may have originated from the late legendary radio presenter Sir Terry Wogan, who he described as a “dear friend”.
Aled said: “Terry Wogan once told me to spread myself as thinly as possible because it makes it more difficult for people to get rid of you.”
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He became a national star at the age of 15 when the 1982 film ‘The Snowman’ was released.
Reflecting on his mentality during those formative years, Aled wished he would have feared less growing-up.
The singer added: “I would tell my 13-year-old self that the future is going to be as much fun as it was when you were 13.
“I have always tried to cling onto the child inside and make the most out of all the opportunities I have.”
Aled claimed to feel “the presence of something bigger” than himself whenever he performed.
He said: “When I’m in the darkness on stage and that spotlight might hit me, it always feels like it’s coming from somewhere else.
“It could be in the middle of a hymn or an inspirational song that is where I feel a connection.”