Gary Chilton has been a professional musician
with the British Army. In October 2009 Gary’s dream was realised
when he signed his first record deal with Warner Brothers and
subsequently marched into the charts with The Soldiers debut
album ‘Coming Home’.
The album was an overnight
success, outselling artists such as Michael Jackson, Whitney
Houston and Catherine Jenkins and became the fifth best selling
domestic album of 2010. By Christmas that year it had reached
double platinum (over 600,000) status, raising over half a
million pounds for service charities.
The Soldiers 2nd
and 3rd albums reached Platinum (over 300,000) and Gold (over
100,000) status respectively, raising an incredible £1 million
in total for service charities.
As lead singer of the group,
Gary has received high acclaim for his performances including a
Royal Command appearance in front of HM The Queen at the Royal
Variety Performance. He has also sung twice at the Festival of
Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
David Barnes joined the Army in 1995, straight from school. He
completed Phase 1 training and went straight to the Royal
Military School of Music where he spent the next 18 months,
learning the skills needed to perform in a Military Band. This
included everything from Ceremonial Drill to Military Skills.
Due to his obvious musical flair
David was posted to the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers in
1997. From here he spent a further 18 years here travelling
extensively across the world to over 38 countries, performing
and teaching music.
More recently, David decided to take
the plunge and try for ‘The Voice UK’, with an obvious vocal
talent, great look, could he get that chair turn? He did turn
the chair and progressed as part of “Team Ricky” where his
journey took him to the final knockout stages. Since leaving the
show he was spotted by a music publisher representing exciting
new writers to the scene, “Warwick, Young & Wickenden” and asked
to join Gary Chilton formerly lead singer of “The Soldiers” to
record an album of the writers new material.