Sony who yesterday announced price increases of their gear by up to 30% is now looking for divine intervention from 3 Irish priests in an effort to stave off massive losses.
The Japanese Company who are a big player in the recession-hit music industry, are desperate for some seasonal payback and the answer could be the perfect harmony of 3 priests including brothers Eugene, 49, and Martin O’Hagan, 45 who last week released a CD on the Sony Music label called Ave Maria vibrato. Already 29,000 copies of their debut CD shifted last week in the UK with the recording set to be released in Australia in time for Xmas.
The Album is now a contender for a Christmas No 1 in the UK album charts.
According to the UK Times the bosses at Sony, have given this mini-God squad a recording deal worth $2.3 Million. The Times say that the Priests are the genuine article, who deliver the classic church music they have always sung, from Ave Maria to O Holy Night, in perfect harmony. And this is no group hastily cobbled together by some slick marketeer. Eugene, 49, and Martin O’Hagan, 45 – they are brothers – grew up in a village just outside Londonderry in a large family for whom music and singing were natural pursuits. “Our mother, who died four years ago, nurtured music in us,” says Father Eugene. “When we were younger, we would always be called in to practise around the piano with her.”
According to the brothers the opportunity to sing to a wider audience has come about by divine providence,the believe. “We look at things through the prism of faith. An opportunity comes your way – and it doesn’t occur for no reason. You take a risk. Sometimes, the opportunity is worth it, because it is enriching.” said Eugene.