The gospel choir that sang at the Royal Wedding this past Spring has now signed a record deal with Sony Music.
The Kingdom Choir, which hails from South East England, sang Ben E. King’s classic song “Stand by Me” and a rousing rendition of this “This Little Light Of Mine” when Meghan Markle said “I do” to Prince Harry.
According to Sky News, that day’s performance was enough to catch the eye of Sony Music executives who decided to sign the group.
“The choir believes in love, music and power and we are excited to capture this on record for their fans across the globe,” chief operating officer of Sony Music UK, Nicola Tuer, said.
Their performance of “Stand by me” reached number one on the Billboard gospel charts and has now been watched on YouTube more than 10 million times.
“It’s been a roller coaster, but we wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Karen Gibson, the choir’s award-winning conductor and founder. “First, the honor of being able to sing at the royal wedding, and then the thrill of being signed to Sony.”
She continued: ”It’s like an un-dreamt dream – one that you wouldn’t even consider because you never thought it could happen to you.”
Gibson and the Kingdom Choir have won the Gem Awards for best Gospel Choir and Best Gospel Album in 2004 and 2005 respectively, as well as BBC Choir of the Year in 2011 for the SINGIT Gospel Choir.
The choir starts recording later this month.