Members of an order of nuns so secluded they are rarely seen in the outside world have found a new vocation as recording artists with the record label of Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse and Eminem.
The Benedictine nuns of Abbaye Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation, near Avignon, France, signed a “major deal” for an album of their songs, and did so in a fittingly modest fashion. Since no visitors are permitted to enter the convent, the sisters had to be passed the contract through a grille, through which they posted it back signed.
The nuns’ new career originated in Decca’s search to find the world’s best female singers of Gregorian chant after a company executive was charmed by an old recording he discovered of nuns singing.
Tim Lewis, head of A&R at Decca, said: “When you hear them chanting, it’s like an immediate escape from the stresses, noise and pace of modern living.”