The Priests have launched their second album, Harmony, with a live performance of the track ‘Amazing Grace’ at London's Gladstone Hall Library. The trio’s first album was the fastest selling classical debut album of all time, superseding even Pavarotti's.
Fans are eagerly awaiting the second album, due for release on 23 November, and the YouTube video of ‘Amazing Grace’ has already been viewed tens of thousands of times. Other tracks include ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, ‘Ave Verum’ and ‘Gaelic Blessing’.
The Priests shot to fame following the release of their debut album, The Priests, in November 2008. Almost two million copies were sold in more than 40 countries. Their debut performance, in Northern Ireland’s Armagh Cathedral, was broadcast in the USA on PBS channel and later released on DVD.
Father Eugene O’Hagan, Father Martin O’Hagan and Father David Delargy met while studying at St MacNissi’s College, County Antrim. They began singing together in worship and also in their free time, when they performed in local operas, musicals and choirs. It was during their vocational training in Rome that the trio’s talent was recognised, and they were invited to sing for the Pope in sacred liturgy.
The Priests signed a £1 million contract with Sony Music in April 2008, on the condition that their musical commitments would never interfere with their parish obligations.