Youth choral group Angelis was the brainchild of American Idol judge and producer Simon Cowell. After a reported two-year search, Cowell handpicked 14-year-old Sam Adams Nye (the BBC's Young Boy Chorister of the Year for 2005), 13-year-old Natalie Grace Chua (a veteran of London's West End), 12-year-old Camilla Seale (a member of the New London Children's Choir and the Highgate Choral Society), and 11-year-olds Moray West (a member of the National Boys' Chamber Choir), Amy Dow (a founder of the Wallingford Chamber Choir), and Joe Martin (a gifted pianist as well as vocalist). Impresario Cowell then handed off the project to Il Divo producer Steve Mac, who brought Angelis into the studio to record a collection of seasonal hymns past and present. Their self-titled debut LP followed on Sony BMG in late 2006. ~ Jason Ankeny

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