Isabel Suckling

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Isabel Suckling
Isabel Suckling after the 2010 Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall.
Background information
Birth name Isabel Katherine Suckling
Born (1998-03-24) 24 March 1998 (age 20)
Genres Crossover
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocal
Labels Decca

Isabel Suckling (born 24 March 1998) is a British singer who upon signing a record deal with Decca Records became the youngest classical recording artist signed by Decca to date,[1][2] and the first choirgirl to sign a record contract with a major music label.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] Suckling sang in the choir at York Minster at the time, and was discovered by Decca following a nationwide search.[4][10] She is currently being mentored by the singer, TV/radio presenter and former boy soprano Aled Jones.[3][4][5][6][7][9]

Her debut album was titled The Choirgirl, and was released on 29 November 2010 ahead of Christmas sales anticipated by record executives to be lucrative.[6][9][11] The album's first single was a cover of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone", with proceeds going to the charity Age UK.[3][6][10] Also featured was a choral recording of "Imagine" to commemorate the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death, and a duet with Aled Jones' original 1986 vocal track on "All Through The Night", previously never released.[9] The album was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2011 Classic BRIT Awards.[12][13][14]

In 2012, Suckling collaborated with Robin and RJ Gibb, performing the track "Christmas Day" on the Gibbs' debut classical album, The Titanic Requiem.[15][16] She took part at the premiere of the album on 10 April 2012, and her vocals for the project received positive reviews.[17][18]

In 2014, Isabel sang on the soundtrack for the feature film Terroir starring Keith Carradine.[19]

Isabel Suckling is the daughter of American wine critic James Suckling.[8][9][20]


  1. ^ "The Choirgirl Classic FM World Exclusive". 14 September 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  2. ^ The Press (24 February 2011). Choristers Jessica Holgate and Isabel Suckling hitting the high notes for Africa
  3. ^ a b c BBC News (14 September 2010). York choirgirl Isabel Suckling lands record deal
  4. ^ a b c Higgins, Kat, Sky News Online (14 September 2010). Choirgirl Hits High Notes With Record Deal
  5. ^ a b London Evening Standard (13 September 2010). Choirgirl aged 12 to sign record deal
  6. ^ a b c d Mateus, Joana, Associated Press (14 September 2010). Choir girl blazes trail for female voices in UK
  7. ^ a b Bray, Elisa, The Independent (17 September 2010). Hymn and Her
  8. ^ a b Branagan, Mark, Yorkshire Post (14 September 2010). It's a record as choirgirl Isabel puts name to Decca diva deal at 12
  9. ^ a b c d e Lechmere, Adam, (26 November 2010). Isabel Suckling: international wine trade 'follows' historic record deal
  10. ^ a b Bottomley, Claire, The Press (York) (14 September 2010). York Minster choirgirl Isabel Suckling wins recording deal with Decca Records
  11. ^ Sweeting, Adam, The Daily Telegraph (17 November 2010). Isabel the Choirgirl: Angel eyes the Christmas No 1
  12. ^ "Isabel Suckling And Mentor Aled Jones Nominated For Classic Brit Awards". Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Rolando Villazon up for two Classic Brit awards". BBC News. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "Classic Brit award confrontation". The Press (York). Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  15. ^ Gardner, Elysa (6 April 2012). "Robin Gibb and son deliver 'Titanic Requiem'". Take 5: Florence and the Machine, Johnny Cash, more. USA TODAY. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Isabel Suckling sings with Bee Gee Robin Gibb on The Titanic Requiem album". York Press. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Titanic Requiem performance". Tatler. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "The Titanic Requiem". Album Reviews. Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  19. ^ Terroir on IMDb
  20. ^ Robinson, Jancis, Suckling, the Pope and the future (17 September 2010)

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