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The Priests sign £1m recording contract
Three Roman Catholic priests are set to become stars after signing a £1 million contract with record company Sony BMG.

Father Eugene O'Hagan, 48, his brother Martin, 45, and their old school friend David Delargy, 44, who all hold parishes in Northern Ireland, signed the contract by the steps of London's Westminster Cathedral.

The singing trio call themselves The Priests, and have said that they would give money they made themselves from the music to charity.

The three started singing together at St MacNissi's College, Co Antrim, where they were nicknamed Holy Holy Holy due to their shared ambition to enter the priesthood.

The group have worked a special exemption into their contract, which allows them to stop promotional duties to deal with parish work such as presiding over funerals.

Fr Martin explained the reason behind the clause which allowed the priests to carry out their parish duties. He said: ‘Our work means a great deal to us. We are priests first and foremost. Our work will be at the heart of our plans.’

Fr David added: ‘Singing is very much what we do. This is bringing it to a wider audience. We are singing sacred music, continuing what we have always been doing.’

Nick Raphael, managing director of Epic Records, part of Sony BMG, negotiated the signing. He said: ‘Their voices are incredible. I'm extremely excited. They're going to be wonderful global superstars.’

Published: 24 April 2008