A SOUTH Tyneside health chief is feeling “sheer’ delight – after her son’s fast-rising band saw off stiff competition to top the charts with their debut album.
Musical theatre boyband Collabro – who were crowned Britain’s Got Talent winners earlier this year – ended solo star Ed Sheeran’s eight-week reign at No1 on Sunday.
The success of the album – called Stars – caps off an incredible few months for the group.
The five-piece group feature Jamie Lambert, whose mother Lorraine is chief executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. Mrs Lambert said: “It is phenomenal. We are all just overwhelmed by it. Six months ago they got together, they found a sound that worked, then they went on Britain’s Got Talent and won.
“Now the album has gone to No1.
“They are all working so hard they haven’t had time to really think about everything that’s happened to them.”
Mrs Lambert says knocking multi-million selling artist Ed Sheeran off the top spot was an ‘accolade’ for the group.
She added: “They all love Ed Sheeran, they are fans of his music.
“To take the No1 spot from him is an accolade in itself.”
Mrs Lambert found out the happy news thanks to a phone call from Jamie, 23, once the charts had been announced. The success of Collabro continues the hit parade of artists bred in the region – including Little Mix and Joe McElderry and soul singer Lulu James, who impressed crowds at the Soundwaves concert in Bents Park, South Shields, at the weekend.