Lady Gaga’s record label signs on Benedictine nuns
Lady Gaga and an order of the Benedictine nuns now have something in common—they have major record contracts with the same music label, Decca Records.
Decca Records, which is part of Universal Music and also has among its talents Eminem, Amy Winehouse and U2, will release “Voice: Chant From Avignon,” the debut effort of nuns from the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation in November.
The effort is the result of the nuns’ winning a Decca Records contract by besting 70 convents in a global search for the best Gregorian Chant singers in the world.
The nuns are part of an ancient sixth century order in Avignon, a remote region in southern France. They sing their chants eight times a day and their daily life is self-sufficient. They have their own engineer, electrician, plumber, dental assistant and silk weaver.
Once a sister takes her vows, she must remain in the monastery, hidden from all, until her death.
Because the nuns are secluded (they talk to outsiders through a grille), all tracks and the album cover shoot will be done in the convent, CBSNews said.
Even Decca’s managing director Dick Stainer spoke to the nuns through the grille when he went to congratulate them for winning the talent search. Stainer said, “I passed the contract through the grille, they signed it and passed it back,” the Telegraph said.
The Reverend Mother Abbess said, “At first we were worried it would affect our cloistered life, so we asked St. Joseph in prayer. Our prayers were answered, and we thought that this album would be a good thing if it touches people’s lives and helps them find peace,” Time Magazine said.
However with the album’s release, the whole world will now hear their singing which was once only part of their secluded world.
Tom Lewis of Decca said, ”When you hear the sound of nuns chanting, it’s like an immediate escape from the challenges, stresses, noise and pace of modern living. You’re given a glimpse of a secret world of peace and calm,” the Telegraph said.
Decca is hopeful that the nuns’ new album will be as successful as their 2008 album release of the Austrian Cistercian Monks entitled “Chant: Music For Paradise,” which sold over a million copies, CBSNews said.