BRITAIN’S Got Talent champions Collabro are looking forward to their debut album hitting the shelves next month.
The classical boyband’s album, Stars, goes on sale on Monday, August 18.
It’s a moment that group member Jamie Lambert – the son of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s chief executive Lorraine Lambert – is excited about.
The 25-year-old, a well-known singer on the borough’s music scene, said: “We still haven’t come down yet – it’s been nuts.
“I was actually up in South Shields the other day. I haven’t been back since April, so it was nice to have some time there.
“I went to Minchella’s and had a stroll along the coast, and went to my mam’s hospital to see all the staff. It was so nice to just chill out.”
Collabro also stars singers Michael Auger, Richard Hadfield, Matt Pagan and Thomas Redgrave.
The debut album is made up of songs from musical theatre, including Stars from Les Misérables, which they sang at their Britain’s Got Talent audition.
When the group got up to sing for judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holdon, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, it was just one month after they had formed.
The album will also include covers of pop songs All Of Me by John Legend and Secrets by One Republic.
Jamie, who grew up in Washington, said: “We’ve just heard the album and it’s phenomenal – we’re really pleased with it.
“We were really involved with it, too. We put forward a list of 30 songs we wanted to record and Syco put forward theirs and we came to a decision together, and we’ve been involved in the musical arrangements and everything, too.
“Six months ago, we didn’t even have any arrangements and now we’ve got an album coming out with the biggest record label in the world – we just can’t quite believe it.
“Britain’s Got Talent was tough but it really couldn’t have done more for us, and we’re so grateful for the show and how we were portrayed.
“We were kind of the underdogs because we were the favourites until Bars and Melody came along, and now we just want to prove that we really did deserve to win.”
He said: “The support from everyone in South Tyneside was just amazing – it was the same as when Jade was on the X Factor.
“A lot of people from the area knew me from the sort of things I was doing – a lot of those were with Jade – and it was really great to have that support from the community.
“We won by a really convincing amount –there was a 10 per cent difference in the vote between us and the next act, and that support from local people made all the difference.
“My mam was amazing as well – she single-handedly got the whole of the North East behind us. We’re so grateful to everyone.”