After a few not so successful follow-up singles, Ball was chosen to represent the U.K. in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden. Coming in at a respectable second place, the track "One Step Out of Time" would pave the way for his debut album. His self-titled release reached the top of the U.K. album chart, and Always (1993), One Careful Owner (1994), and First Love (1996) all reached the U.K. Top Ten. Returning to the stage in 2002 as Caractacus Potts in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Ball would continue to wow audiences with his performances and went on to take the lead role in the 2007 production of Hairspray, earning the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Edna Turnblad. Splitting his time between stage, radio, and a recording career, Ball continued to release albums throughout the noughties, most notably 2005's Music and 2007’s Back to Bacharach.
In 2011, he released Heroes, a collection of covers featuring songs that had inspired him to become a performer. Both Sides Now followed in 2013, and featured a reworked version -- performed with Il Divo
-- of his original breakthrough hit "Love Changes Everything." Ball returned at the end of 2014 with the album If Everyone Was Listening..., which brought together 15 of his favorite songs. The release saw him joined by vocal harmony group the Overtones
on the track "Let It Be Me," originally recorded by the Everly Brothers
. In 2016 he released Together, a collaborative effort with close friend and tenor singer Alfie Boe
that featured performances of classics from Broadway shows. The album was a huge success, going to number one in the U.K., and the pair toured nationwide that winter, performing sold-out shows at some of the country's most prestigious music venues. The popularity of the album and tour led to a follow-up, Together Again, released the following year. ~ Rich Wilson, Rovi