PUBLISHED: 20:34, Thu, Oct 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:40, Thu, Oct 29, 2020
Karen Gibson, who was made an MBE in the Queen's 2020 birthday honours list, said her talented Kingdom Choir team had not looked back since their spine-tingling appearance at the 2018 royal wedding. She said the performance turned the gospel singers into overnight celebrities and earned them a record deal, a tour, advertising gigs and prime time TV appearances - plus her own MBE in recognition of her services to music.
I thought it was a joke, so I asked if they were joking
Ms Gibson recalled the moment in March 2018, when she received a call from a former choir member she had sung with 12 years ago.
She told Mirror Online: "She called up out of the blue one day and said I was going to get a call but she couldn't tell me what it was about, but she said it was big.
"I didn't get this call for a long time so I just wrote it off.
"But then I was coming home from work on the bus and I got a call from a very posh voice saying they wanted to invite us to sing at the wedding."
Karen Gibson admitted she thought an invitation to perform at Harry and Meghan's wedding was a joke (Image: GETTY)
She continued: "I thought it was a joke, so I asked if they were joking. There was this silence on the other end and I realised they were very serious.
"At that time we weren't doing many big events and we were used to rehearsing in my font room every other Monday."
Ms Gibson was sworn to secrecy and not even allowed to tell Kingdom Choir members they had been asked to perform at Harry and Meghan's wedding.
She said she had to check everyone was free for May 19