Mark Ronson isn’t particularly well-known for classical music, but two Scottish sisters (the Ayoub Sisters) caught his ear with their take on Uptown Funk, and now they’ve signed a major record deal and released a number one single.
Glasgow-born Sarah and Laura Ayoub were chosen from 10,000 online performers to feature in a special presentation at last year’s BRIT Awards. The Ayoub Sisters’ classical take on Number 1 single Uptown Funk was personally produced by Ronson. It formed part of a unique version of the song, shown at the awards.
“It was brilliant to bring together unique talents and produce a new cover of Uptown Funk,” Ronson said. “It’s an honour that such talented people are interested in my music… we created something special.”
Now the duo have signed to Decca Records (part of Universal Music) and their Melodies from Scotland track is out now. After it’s first radio play on Friday, the track shot straight to number one in the classical iTunes music charts.
The single was recorded with the world-famous Royal Scottish National Orchestra and contains a rousing medley of famous Scottish anthems, including Flower of Scotland, Auld Lang Syne and Loch Lomond.
Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, is helping to promote the girls’ new single and album to its 5.3 million weekly listeners.
“Since signing to Decca Records, the experience has been surreal,” Sarah Ayoub said. “We feel very fortunate to be able to share our music with a wider audience, thanks to the opportunity both Classic FM and Decca Records have given us.”
Laura added: “Our new single incorporates seven of our favourite traditional Scottish songs and weaves them together into one piece. It is an arrangement which we initially came up with over ten years ago, and has transformed and evolved as we have grown up over the years. To have been able to record it with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the orchestra we grew up watching and listening to, was an incredibly humbling experience.”
The Ayoub Sisters’ single, Melodies from Scotland, is out now on all digital platforms.