Former member of the London Community Gospel Choir Diana Stanbridge releases her debut album 'Sing'. Diana says the praise and worship album, which has been nearly three years in the making, features a mixture of gospel, funk, soul, blues and pop sounds and tells the story of her journey so far.
"I have wanted to sing from a very young age but it has not always been an easy journey. The song Sing! is written about a very defining moment in my life when I felt discouraged and wanted to give up. I was in my bedroom pouring out my frustrations to God when it felt like I heard all of the angels in heaven calling out: 'Sing girl, you better sing girl!' - a bit like people might encourage each other in a gospel church. It was such a powerful experience that I knew I had to keep going and not give up."
Diana Stanbridge was originally born in Denmark but moved to London at the age of 20 to study performing arts at The School of Creative Ministries under the leadership of David and Carrie Grant. She soon joined the acclaimed London Community Gospel Choir with which she sang for about 6 years.
Over the years Diana has sung with many bands and on many recordings and has had the privilege of backing some great artists including: Mariah Carey, P Diddy, Beverly Knight, Professor Green, Gorgon City, The Kooks, Ella Eyre and Emeli Sande.
She currently sings with Integrity artist Noel Robinson and is part of his worship initiative 'Kingdon Worship Movement' through which she has sung with many christian worship leaders including: Tim Hughes, Matt Redman, Graham Kendrick, Mark Beswick and Israel Houghton.
Diana has been writing songs and leading worship for many years and in 2013 decided that it was time to record her own album. Together with husband Carl they started the journey and now, nearly three years later, the album 'Sing' is ready to be released.
The album features guest vocals by award winning worship leader Noel Robinson who also plays guitar on the album. Other musicians include: Troy Miller (Amy Winehouse, Laura MVula) on drums, pianist/composer Tim Oliver (Gloria Gaynor, Pixie Lott) and husband Carl (Alexandra Burke, Gloria Gaynor) on electric and double bass.
The album 'Sing' is predominantly a praise and worship album but also includes a few more 'singer-songwriter' type songs as Diana felt it was important to share her journey so far. 'Sing' is an eclectic mix of gospel, funk, soul, blues and pop sounds.