Bookings for gospel choir that sang at royal wedding are ‘through the roof’
Article By Macy Peterson // EEW Magazine Gospel News
Since Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir sang at the royal wedding celebration of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, bookings are reportedly through “through the roof.”
In a sit-down chat with Reuters, Gibson says, “I physically cannot keep up with the emails and the messages, requests for interviews, and tours, and weddings.”
Since the May 19th wedding, which was watched by many millions around the world, Gibson, who is being inundated with requests, has been nicknamed “The Godmother of Gospel.”
The 20 singers she directed for the nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also been widely celebrated for their stripped down version of Ben E. King's 1962 hit song, “Stand By Me.” The Kingdom Choir members all say it has indeed been a whirlwind of media requests and fan mail.
One impactful moment for Gibson came after the wedding when a mother told her that her four-year-old daughter watching the choir had said, "Look mommy, there's people like me."
"I didn't realize that was still a thing for children that young in 2018," Gibson said, referencing the absence of black faces in media spaces.
Since racism and segregation still is very much "a thing," the silver-haired choir director told Reuters, "What you have seen from the wedding is the coming together of two different cultures. I feel like there's been a shift."
Watch the performance that changed their lives.