Royal Wedding choir The Kingdom Choir sign record deal with Sony

24 July 2018, 12:51

The Kingdom Choir and conductor Karen Gibson
The Kingdom Choir and conductor Karen Gibson. Picture: Getty

By Elizabeth Davis

The Kingdom Choir, who sang Stand By Me at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex earlier this year, have been signed to Sony

The Gospel choir who captured the world’s hearts at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have just been signed to Sony at the end of what their conductor has called “a rollercoaster” few months.

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On 19 May the London-based The Kingdom Choir and conductor Karen Gibson performed Ben E King’s classic 'Stand By Me' in St George’s Chapel in Windsor during the wedding of the royal couple.

Their performance went on to top the US gospel chart and a YouTube video of it has been watched over 3 million times.

The choir’s debut recording is set to be released on 2 November and will include Stand By Me, the song that catapulted them to fame.

Karen Gibson said: “The Kingdom Choir are absolutely delighted with the journey of the past few months. It’s been a rollercoaster, but we wouldn’t have it any other way – first, the honour of being able to sing at the royal wedding, and then the thrill of being signed to Sony.”

Sony Music’s Chief Operating Officer, Nicola Tuer, said: “The choir believe in love, music and power and we are excited to capture this on record for their fans across the globe.”

The Kingdom Choir was founded by Karen Gibson in 1994 and is made up of 30 singers. They’ve performed with the likes of Sir Elton John, Michael Ball and the Spice Girls.