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Music great helps Rock Choir with their first album

PUBLISHED: 10:55 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:19 12 August 2010

THE music producer who helped opera star Katherine Jenkins sell millions of albums is working on Rock Choir s eagerly-anticipated first album.

THE music producer who helped opera star Katherine Jenkins sell millions of albums is working on Rock Choir's eagerly-anticipated first album.

Nick Patrick, from Universal, who has turned Russell Watson, Blake and The Soldiers into music stars is considered one of the UK's leading music producers.

Earlier this year the Times revealed the Rock Choir, which had performed on the BBC and the Paul O'Grady Show had signed a multi-album deal with the recording company.

Their first album is now in the production stage and features more than 1,000 members' voices from Bromley, Orpington, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks Rock Choirs

Originally set up in Surrey in 2005, the Rock Choir includes hundreds of members from children, teenagers and adults singing pop, gospel and Motown

Singer and performer Jo Woods, who leads the Orpington and Sevenoaks choir, said: "We are so thrilled by the news, Rock Choir was only introduced to the area last year and already we have achieved so much.

"When I told them we had been offered a record deal - they didn't know whether to cheer or panic. I explained that they were going to be part of an album that featured the other Rock Choirs in the area, they all relaxed."

She told how bosses at Universal said they had never worked with such an 'unusual artist' but they are enjoying the challenge and logistical nature of recording in different venues.

Rock Choir director and founder Caroline Redman Lusher launched the concept in 2005. She features on the best-selling Soldiers' album Coming Home singing the duet Against All Odds, which is now at double platinum status.

She said: "Being offered a record deal is symbolic of the standard and reputation that Rock Choir has grown to in the UK. To offer the members the opportunity to experience being on an album that will be released worldwide is extraordinary.

"Rock Choir is a fairytale story in itself; my personal journey and the stories of the members who take part in it."

Mr Patrick added: "Caroline is quite simply one of the most visionary businesswomen working in the UK today.

"She is also a highly-talented musician and singer and I am thrilled to be working alongside her on such a prestigious record contract like this."

The first Rock Choir album will be released later this year, featuring the songs, Something Inside So Strong, Can't Hurry Love, Walking on Broken Glass, Dancing in the Street, Anytime You need a Friend and Rescue Me amongst others.

Universal is home to great artists like Lady Ga Ga, Take That and The Rolling Stones.

Rock Choir meets weekly at the Methodist Church in Sevenoaks Road, Orpington, Bromley Baptist Church in Park Street, Bromley and Cornwall Hall, The Methodist Church, The Drive, Sevenoaks.

n To find out more details and rehearsal dates and times visit www.rockchoir.com

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