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Tuesday 27 September 2016

NHS Choir signed to same record label as Justin Bieber

Published 15/04/2016 | 00:06

The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir has signed a deal with Decca Records
The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir has signed a deal with Decca Records

The NHS Choir has signed a deal with the same record label as Justin Bieber.

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The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir won the battle for the Christmas number one against the Canadian pop star last year after he urged his fans to support them.

He called on his fans to "do the right thing" and help the charity single get to the top spot, saying that "for one week it's okay not to be number one".

Following the success of their song A Bridge Over You, they have been signed to Decca Records who will release their debut album titled Something Inside So Strong.

Choir co-ordinator Caroline Smith, who works as a children's physiotherapist, said: "I'm delighted to be able to represent and support the NHS with such a special album.

"When everyone comes together in the choir it's really powerful, I've never experienced anything quite like it."

Decca is a part of Universal Music which represents big-name artists such as Bieber, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and more.

The choir is made up of around 30 members of staff from across the NHS workforce.

The album is due for release in May and is described as being "a collection of uplifting classics from those at the heart of the NHS".

It will also be a celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the passing of the NHS Act of July 1946.

Royalties will be paid into the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and will be used to provide services that "enhance patient experience or staff working lives".

There is no mention of a cover of a Bieber song, but the track list does include popular songs such as Bill Withers's Lean On Me , Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud and Carole King's You've Got a Friend.

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