King’s Cross gospel choir set to perform on prime-time quiz
PUBLISHED: 15:30 16 December 2011
A gospel choir that reached the closing stages of a major TV talent hunt is now set to perform on the nation’s biggest quiz show – to promote its funky new Christmas album.
The CK Gospel Choir will star in the festive edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on Monday, performing tracks from CK Christmas, its first full-length record.
The album, which was released on December 1, features the 12-piece and their backing band performing classic carols and Christmas tunes like they have never been heard before.
Tracks include Jingle Bells set to a Latin beat, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem transformed into a funk jam and a calypso rendition of We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Founder and leader Harlano Weekes, 34, of Holloway Road, Holloway, said: “The Millionaire guys don’t usually have musical acts, but they were looking for something a bit different for their Christmas show and they liked our tunes.
“We’re doing five songs, but we won’t be going in the hot-seat. That would be really embarrassing – I don’t know enough!
“They are contemporary versions of Christmas classics. The traditional versions are great, but we wanted to give them a different spin. People will wonder if they’re the same songs when they hear us.”
The group, which rehearses in Cromer Street, King’s Cross, reached the semi-finals of Sky One’s Must Be The Music last year and has been on a roller coaster ride ever since.
As well as laying down its first record, the choir has toured the country, appeared at the “one year to go” Olympics event at Trafalgar Square in the summer and entered the Guinness Book of Records – after joining a crowd of 6,000 singing East 17’s It’s Alright together at Wembley Arena.
Mr Weekes added: “I’m not going to lie – it sounded awful! The song definitely wasn’t my choice. But we got the record and we’re going to try and beat it next year.”
For more information visit www.ckgospelchoir.com.
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