If you're among one of the three million viewers of the YouTube video featuring the Kingdom Choir's amazing, soulful rendition of "Stand By Me" from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding, you can definitely attest to this gospel group's vocal talent (and if you haven't checked it out, where have you been!?). After performing in front of the royal fam, celeb wedding guests, and over 47.2 million television viewers across the United States and the United Kingdom May 19, it only seems natural the British choir would gain further notoriety in the music industry.
Cue Sony Music UK, which just struck a deal with the famed singers. The 30-person choir will hit the studio this month to begin producing their first album, set to release November 2. And, you can bet your bottom dollar that their cover of "Stand By Me," which hit the number one spot on the Billboard gospel chart June 2, will earn a spot on their debut record.
The Kingdom Choir's origin dates back to 1994, when award-winning choir conductor Karen Gibson founded the chorale. Under Gibson's direction, the group has since performed with Sir Elton John (another royal wedding entertainer), Luther Vandross, and even the Spice Girls. Among a few of their many accolades, the talented vocalists won the Gem Awards for Best Gospel Choir and Best Gospel Album in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
"The Kingdom Choir are absolutely delighted with the journey of the past few months," Gibson said in a statement announcing the Sony deal. "It’s been a roller coaster, 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 UK's COO, Nicola Tuer, also shared her enthusiasm in the press release. "We are absolutely thrilled to have signed the Kingdom Choir to Sony," Tuer said. "Along with the rest of the world, we were stunned by their incredible performance at the royal wedding, so we jumped at the chance to sign them. The choir believe in love, music, and power and we are excited to capture this on record for their fans across the globe."
According to the BBC, the Kingdom Choir's largest performance prior to the royal wedding had been in front of a 200-hundred person crowd. Talk about the ultimate, well-deserved gospel music glow up. We can't wait to see what this vocal group will come up with later this fall. Here's to many more gospel covers to add to your Spotify playlists!