Decca Records Sign French Nuns: Will Share Label With Lady Gaga
Decca Records Has Signed a Group of Cloistered French Nuns to Their Label That Also Boasts Lady Gaga and Elton John
The Benedictine nuns of the Abbaye de Notre Dame de l'Annonciation near Avignon are the lucky winners of a worldwide search for the best female Gregorian chant singers.
As the nuns are cloistered, they are only able to communicate with others through a wooden grille and the Rev. Mother Abbess told the AFP that they had to pray to make sure this was the right decision for them.
"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."
As the nuns have a vow of poverty all of the proceeds will go straight towards the monastery, and a recording studio will be set up in the grounds as the nuns cannot leave the property.
Gregorian chanting goes back to the sixth century and Decca Records said they had entries from over 70 convents all across the world.
"When you hear the sound of nuns chanting, it's like an immediate escape from the challenges, stresses, pace and noise of modern living,"
The nuns' album Voices - Chant From Avignon will be released in November.