Karen Gibson & The Kingdom Choir, best known for their show-stopping performance of “Stand By Me” at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May, have signed a major record deal with Sony Music U.K. -- a deal that was celebrated at Kensington Palace on Tuesday morning (July 24).
Broadcasted to a global audience of over 2 billion people, The Kingdom Choir’s performance of Ben E. King’s 1961 hit track “Stand By Me” was an instant hit, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. Additionally, Nielsen Music reported that over 9,000 downloads of the new rendition were sold during the week of the wedding, which ended on May 24.
“The Kingdom Choir are absolutely delighted with the journey of the past few months! 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!” commented conductor Karen Gibson. “It’s like an un-dreamt dream -- one that you wouldn’t even consider, because you never thought it could happen to you.”