Offering love, hope and inspiration in these trying times, The Kingdom Choir
today make a timely return with their brand new single ‘Not Giving Up’
. Founded in 1994
by Karen Gibson MBE
(the Godmother of Gospel
), The Kingdom Choir
have continued to win hearts since their unforgettable performance at the 2018 Royal Wedding
in front of a global televised audience of 2 billion
people. LISTEN HERE.
Offering a ray of hope amongst the darkness, ‘Not Giving Up’ is instantly affecting as Wayne Ellington’s rich, baritone exalts the power that comes with believing that better times are waiting ahead of us. While his voice alone would make for a captivating, emotional experience, the harmonies from the rest of The Kingdom Choir take it to a whole new level – their grace, majesty and sheer expressiveness able to move anyone.
‘Not Giving Up’ was written by Alex Hart, Greg Dwight, Karen Gibson, Wilson Atie, Jonathan Owusu-Yianomah and produced by Alex Hart and Jonathan Owusu-Yianomah.
The Kingdom Choir commented, “In our changing world, this is the song that rises from our hearts. It speaks of freedom and a determination to press on, a reminder that hope takes us through the broken moments of life onto a brighter day.”
‘Not Giving Up’ is also a reflection of The Kingdom Choir’s own journey. Karen Gibson had led the choir for over two decades before their breakthrough moment in the spotlight, during which time the group – spread across London and from various Christian traditions – became renowned for their shared talents, collective spirit, and instantly uplifting performances.
The continued love shown for The Kingdom Choir in the wake of their Royal Wedding performances has truly elevated their status. They released their debut album, ‘Stand By Me’ (Sony), that same year and it entered the charts at #17 during a four-week run in the Top 40 while the title track hit #1 on the Billboard Gospel Songs Chart. Their subsequent releases have included ‘Real Love’, which earned repeated Radio 2 airplay; the ‘Together Again’ festive EP; and last year’s ‘Apple Music Home Session’, which was released to commemorate Black History Month.
The Kingdom Choir’s performances have remained in global demand ever since, with highlights including the Invictus Games, ITV’s Concert for Ukraine, Prince Albert II of Monaco’s 2021 gala, Expo 2020 and a headline show at theHollywood Bowl. They have been sought out as collaborators by artists such as Gladys Knight, Gregory Porter, Emelie Sandé and Madness, as well as for brand collaborations which have included Cartier, Ralph Lauren, Coca-Cola, Burberry,British Airways and Marks & Spencer.
The Kingdom Choir ended 2022 by performing as special guests at Trevor Nelson’s Soul Christmas extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall alongside the likes of Corinne Bailey-Rae and Andrew Roachford. Next month will see them embark upon a major North American tour, which commences in Montreal on February 19th and concludes in San Diego on March 25th. Please see here for a full list of dates and ticket information.
Their previous London headline shows have included sold-out performances at The Royal Albert Hall and The Roundhouse. At the latter show, Blues & Soul’s review stated, “Boasting an array of musical talent, they proceeded to tear through a compelling set drawing in some of the most joyful religious and feel-good soul songs around.”