THE PRIESTS TO RELEASE A CHRISTMAS ALBUM
ENTITLED NOËL, IN STORES NOVEMBER 2, 2010 (RCA Victor)
TELEVISED PERFORMANCE FOR THE POPE SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 18TH
AT LONDON’S HYDE PARK
(New York – September 7, 2010) Global musical superstars and ordained Catholic priests, The Priests – Father Eugene O’Hagan, his brother Martin and their old school friend David Delargy – are one of the most celebrated musical acts the religious arena, having sold 3 million albums worldwide. They’re set to release a brand new album of Christmas carols entitled NOËL out on November 2nd on RCA Victor just in time for the holiday season.
NOËL is sure to be a welcome addition this Christmas and features some of the most cherished seasonal songs of all time – everything from God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, What Child Is This, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, to Oh Come All Ye Faithful, and Silent Night – it is a solemnly beautiful record, stately and humble and full of grace. “We have given each of these songs a different interpretation and a little priestly twist,” grins Father Martin O’Hagan. “I hope it will get everybody into the festive spirit, and I hope there will be something here for everyone.”
The Priests will be sharing a stage with the Pope before a crowd nearly 100,000 in London’s Hyde Park when he visits the UK for the first time since 1982 on September 18th and millions will be watching via television broadcast.
NOËL is The Priests’ third album, produced by Mike Hedges and the follow up to 2009’s Harmony. The Priests, their self-titled 2008 debut album stormed the album charts entering at #5 in the UK and #1 in Ireland, and became the fastest selling UK debut for a classical act – as certified by The Guinness Book of World Records. In the U.S., the album held #1 spot on Billboard’s Heatseakers chart, #1 on the Classical Traditional Chart, #1 on the Top New Artist Album chart, and topped the Amazon sales chart.
This trio of full time priests and part-time pop stars are two-time Brit Awards nominees, have performed across the globe and have been featured in some of the world’s largest publications, ranging from Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, to People Magazine. They have appeared on major television shows such as “CBS Sunday Morning,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Fox and Friends, and the “CBS Early Show” and have travelled the globe promoting their album which was released simultaneously in more than 40 countries. The Priests have performed for such dignitaries as the Queen of England and the British Royal Family, Germany’s Prime Minister, the President of Ireland, The Prince Of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and participated in New York City’s famed St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Their attraction is evident, but this new release NOËL proves once again that their talent is their most enduring feature.
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About the Priests:
The Priests, brothers Fathers Martin and Eugene O’Hagan and Father David Delargy, were young school friends when they first sang together at the age of 12 (Martin and David) and 15 (Eugene). Their love of singing continued while studying for the priesthood in Rome. Once ordained, all three took up parish commitments. Singing was both part of prayer plus, in their spare time, they performed in local operas, musicals and choirs and have been singing as a trio for 30 years. In February 2008, a Sony record company scout knocked on their door and asked them to make a demo. The rest, as they say is history. The Priests never allow their music commitments to stand in the way of their day jobs and parish obligations. So adamant are they that their priestly duties must come first, their recording contract stipulates that they will never be asked to put record promotion ahead of their pastoral work. In addition, the Priests have stated that the majority of the profits from the sale of their album that they receive as recording artists will be given to charity.