Britain's Kingdom Choir give profits from their first album to Christian Aid.

A BRITISH gospel choir who have performed with such acts as Elton John and The Spice Girls are set to release their first album and have agreed to donate profits from its release to international development charity Christian Aid. Kingdom Choir have members gathered from different churches in south-east England and their album, 'Smile! It's A Brand New Day' is released by Integrity Music in October. Choir director Karen Gibson said that it felt right to collaborate with Christian Aid for the first recording deal in the choir's 10-year history. "The idea of doing an album had been on my heart for a long time and I really like the idea of such an unusual venture. People have got to sit up and listen when they hear the Kingdom Choir and Christian Aid are linking up."

Velroy Bailey, an accomplished musician who works with Simply Red, Blue and Westlife, produced the album. Ken Fuller, who has managed the project for Christian Aid, said: "this tremendous album is the products of a partnership that delivers the very best of British gospel. But we want to raise awareness of the plight of the poor suffering right across our world, and provoke a response. This album gives everyone a wonderful opportunity to enjoy beautiful music and act on behalf of the poor. By buying this album you make a significant contribution to the fight against world poverty." CR

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