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April 1, 2005

Swingle Singers in UK top 10!

The Swingle Singers are in the UK top 10 singles charts. Well sort of.. Singer/songwriter Jem, from Cardiff, Wales, just had her debut album released in the UK and the lead single "They" is based almost entirely on a sample from "Prelude in F Minor" from the Swingle's 60's release "Jazz Sebastian Bach Vol II". The single entered the UK Charts at number 6 for the week of 20 March and is currently at number 11 .

Jem, 29, explained: "I used to go to charity shops and buy vinyl for 50p, anything with a weird cover. I was always looking out for weird samples because I have loved hip hop for years. That's how it started, because I knew I was going to make a record. The sample on "They" came from one of my dad's records, though. So I stole it from him. The sound of the Swingle Singers doing that beautiful classical music is amazing."

The talented singer-songwriter has already appeared on The O.C singing the Paul McCartney classic "Maybe I'm Amazed". She also collaborated on the song "Nothing Fails" with songwriter Guy Sigsworth which ended up on Madonna's "American Life" album. She also has DJ'd for Robert Redford at the Sundance film festival. Listen to a clip here.

Posted by acapnews at April 1, 2005 12:34 AM