By Josh Bell
There’s a reason that Simon Cowell has spent the last decade judging performers on popular singing competition shows: The guy knows his stuff. So when Cowell puts together a musical group on his own initiative, that’s a signal for fans to take notice.
He did just that in 2004 when he created Il Divo, mixing the classical, technical skills of opera singing with the broad appeal and charisma of pop music. Cowell searched worldwide for singers who could fit into his quartet, and eventually recruited members from Spain, Switzerland, France and the United States, creating a group that could sing in multiple languages and touch audiences around the world.
Cowell may have been the brains behind the operation, but Il Divo’s main appeal is the voices of the four singers. After selling more than 26 million albums and performing in venues around the world, they’ve more than proved the value of his instincts.