Helen Vereker Singers with BLAKE
Mixing eclectic classical and pop songs with rich harmony vocals, harmony singers Blake launched their first album in 2007, just 6 months after reuniting as friends on Facebook. The debut album went straight to number One in the UK Classical Album Chart and into the Top Twenty Pop Chart.
The public embraced their debut album immediately, with over 100,000 copies being sold in just three weeks and earning the group their first Gold Disc. The music industry followed in early 2008, when the album received the prestigious Brit-Award for Album of the Year, a huge honour for a group still less than a year old.
During this success their upbeat version of ‘Swing Low’ was chosen as the Official Anthem of England Rugby for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Later on the sporting theme continued as they performed a rousing rendition of their 1492 Conquest of Paradise during the opening ceremony at Wimbledon. The group have gone on to perform regularly at Wembley Stadium for major national and international football matches, and at other famous stadiums around the globe.
In 2008 their highly anticipated 2nd album, And So It Goes was released and went straight in at number 12 in the UK pop charts and Number 1 in several classical charts around the world. This album captured the hearts of a devoted and fast growing fan base of all ages. The album featured alternative cover versions from a wide variety of highly acclaimed modern artists such as Snow Patrol and Katie Melua, whilst still showing off their classical skills for rich harmony. The album was produced by Steven Lipson, who had previously created Platinum records for Annie Lennox, Westlife and Will Young.
During 2008 and 2009, the band undertook triumphant promotional tours of Australia and Japan, bringing their unique brand of music and Britishness to a global audience. They even had time to stop off at the Melbourne Cup and perform live to over 150,000 spectators and a further 100 million televison viewers worldwide.
After an unusual encounter with Kiera Knightley during the making of their first album, the band has gone on to collect a legion of celebrity fans, including Will Smith, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and even Dame Shirley Bassey, who celebrated her $1Million 70th birthday party, with the Blake boys giving a very special performance.
As well as devoting themselves to their fans and music, the band spends a huge amount of their time supporting several charities close to their hearts such as Help For Heroes, The British Legion and MIND to name but a few. The band’s deep support of the British forces has seen them perform twice for the Queen at the Albert Hall at the Festival of Remembrance.
2009 was a whirlwind year for the boys with a massive UK tour, the creation of their new record label, Blake Records, and the release of their 3rd album ‘Together’, which enjoyed huge chart success. They finished the year with a 30 night sellout tour in Scandinavia, arriving back on Christmas Eve for a raft of television interviews.
2010 continued to be an exciting year for Blake. With their original track, Beautiful Earth being selected by the World Wildlife Fund as its Earth Hour Anthem. They were invited to turn ‘off’ the lights across London from Trafalgar Square, to support the campaign to stop energy wastage. In 2010, their 3rd album, ‘Together’ was at Number 1 in the Australian Classical charts for 4 weeks and at Number 1 in the South Africa Classical Charts during the World Cup.
An Evening With Blake’, their 40 date UK-wide tour, was a sell out as the group travelled the length of the British Isles performing to over 50,000 people.
During summer 2010, the band were invited twice to Buckingham Palace to perform for Royalty, fuelling worldwide press speculation that the band would be asked to sing at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Blake were requested by America’s The Today Show, to perform their song ‘All of Me’ dedicated to the happy couple, live in Trafalgar Square on the day of the wedding, watched by over 20 millions US viewers.
In 2013 Blake launched their fourth album Start Over in the UK and the USA, revealing a new contemporary and original harmony sound. The year also saw performances at Wembley Stadium for the Rugby League Cup final, the group’s first play-listed song on BBC Radio 2 (‘So Happy’), tours to Indonesia and Trinidad & Tobago plus the launch of their first Asia-only album.
Towards the end of 2013, the band launched two charity singles. ‘You Raise Me Up’ was recorded with the soprano Camilla Kerslake and the ‘Sing To Beat Breast Cancer Choir’, made up entirely of women affected by the disease, and was released in October shortly before a 20 dateUK tour where Camilla appeared as their guest artist.
‘To The Sun’ was released in November and debuted live in Trafalgar square as the anthem for the launch of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole challenge in the presence of HRH Prince Harry.
In addition to their worldwide touring schedule, Blake also find time to perform and work as ambassadors for their many selected charities, which include, amongst others, Cancer Research, The War Widows Association, The World Wildlife Fund, Clic Sargent, The Prince’s Trust, Variety (The Children’s Charity),MIND, Starlight, The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. The band continue to do much work for military charities, most famously fundraising for, and performing at the opening of the Bomber Command Memorial in London for the Queen and 5,000 veterans in the summer of 2012. them to new venues each month. At the end of 2014 Blake released their fifth album In Harmony to much acclaim. In Harmony is set to be released in Australia, South Africa and South-East Asia in this year.
It’s 2015 and Blake are back on tour throughout the UK, along with tours in the Philippines, South Korea. Barbados, Russia and Washington, USA, and the launch of their very first Christmas album, this is set to be the most exciting year yet.
With over a million albums sold, and having performed on nearly 150 TV shows around the world, Blake continue to build their reputation as one of the most eclectic and exciting pop-harmony groups in the world.