Gospel Choir Sings Showstopping Version of 'Stand By Me' at Royal Wedding


The most recent royal wedding has made a powerful statement about love and life. It has truly been an unprecedented event, blending culture in a way that hasn’t been seen before.

There were plenty of elements that stuck to the traditional British standards, but Meghan Markle brought her unique spin to each aspect, from her toned-down (but exquisite) dress to the music selections.

The couple also made their wedding down-to-earth in many ways. They involved plenty of common people to celebrate in their joy, bringing a level of accessibility that seems more American than British.

But what else would you expect from a couple that is both American and British? A prince and an actress, a blending of worlds and lifestyles and people.

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No part of the wedding lineup was left to chance, and you can bet that every choice was made very carefully. This definitely applied to the music selections.

The choir at the chapel boasted 23 boy and 12 adult singers, who sang pieces by Thomas Tallis and John Rutter.

Markle specifically contacted Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a 19-year-old cellist renowned for his skill, to see if he would play for them.

Did you like the music selections?

He tweeted his answer: “(O)f course I immediately said yes!!!” And how would you say anything else when the duchess-to-be asks you herself?

He played pieces by Maria Theresia von Paradis, Schubert, and Gabriel Faure — sticking with beautiful, time-honored selections.

But perhaps one of the most ear-catching and notable choices was a gospel choir that sang “Stand By Me.”

The version was arranged by Ben E. King, and it was sung by Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir — an appropriate name for a group who gave a heavenly performance.

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The choir, founded by Karen Gibson and from South East England, certainly has the history to back up their skill. For over 20 years they’ve been traveling and singing, and they definitely left their mark on the royal wedding day.

With such a bounty of great music on display, it’s hard to choose a favorite. Did any piece of music particularly speak to you?

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