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The Royal Wedding's Karen Gibson & The Kingdom Choir Ink Deal With Sony Music UK

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Karen Gibson & The Kingdom Choir perform outside Kensington Palace on July 24, 2018 in London.

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.”

Following the signing of their record deal, Karen Gibson & The Kingdom Choir also announced that they will be releasing their debut album with the label on Nov. 2. Although they have yet to begin recording the album, it’s already been confirmed that it will include their viral version of “Stand By Me.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to have signed The Kingdom Choir to Sony. 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,” added Nicola Tuer, COO, Sony Music U.K. “The choir believe in love, music and power and we are excited to capture this on record for their fans across the globe.”

The choir will be headlining a concert at the Union Chapel in London on Nov. 28. Tickets go on sale Friday (July 27).