Nuns of Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation Sign to Decca Records

This story was way too awesome to not share with everybody. A group of nuns who do not even leave the confines of their own convent have signed to a major record label. I personally would never expect this to happen, but the nuns do have a point. If their music helps people and brings them happiness and peace, why would they not share their talents with the world. I think it is great that religious music can still sign to a label that produces pop music acts and other mainstream music.

“The nuns hope the album will help people ‘find peace’

An order of Benedictine nuns has signed a major record deal with the company behind Lady Gaga, it has been revealed.

The Nuns of the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation, from France, won a global search of more than 70 convents across Europe, the US and Africa.

The reclusive order, based near Avignon, were deemed to have the finest Gregorian Chant singers.

They have signed a deal with Decca Records, part of Universal Music, which counts Lady Gaga and U2 among its acts.

The nuns’ ancient order dates back to the 6th Century and they follow a tradition of leading a hidden life behind closed doors.

The Reverend Mother Abbess said: “We never sought this, it came looking for us.

“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.”

The nuns are self-sufficient and include a plumber, an engineer, an electrician, a silk-weaver and a dental assistant.

But their strict rules meant that even Decca Records managing director Dickon Stainer was unable to enter their home to congratulate them.” – “Major Record Deal for Reclusive Benedictine Nuns”, BBC News