Oh yes- he also has an album which is in it's second week at #1 on the UK charts, has had over 100,000 original visitor hits on his website (only a couple weeks since it went live), and is now scheduled to sing for the Queen.
Why is this man's music business success a miracle?
- He is rather plain-looking
- He has a shy, humble personality
- He sings Opera!
BUT... Here's what the man DID have:
- Determination to be himself and sing his own style
- Training (He dedicated scarce funds to study classical voice in Italy)
True, there are other examples of artists sticking to their artistic guns and failing. It is important to listen to wise council and to be willing to explore new musical boundaries to see what indeed DOES fit you best. It's also important to know your definition of "artistic failure".
But I believe it is most important to know yourself, and to choose music that your heart can love and communicate. Otherwise it's all "sounding brass and tinkling cymbals"(1 Cor. 13), "sound and fury signifying nothing" (Shakespeare).
Hey... Don't you think it appropriate that this post contains a little Shakespeare?!