Military wife set to sing on album

Sarah Clarke, a member of the Military Wives, with husband Tom.
Sarah Clarke, a member of the Military Wives, with husband Tom.

LAST week she was celebrating a Christmas number one - now she looks set to release an album.

Life for Sarah Clarke seems to get more surreal by the day.

The 31-year old from Hartlepool is one of the Military Wives who stormed to the top spot in the festive charts.

Their single, Wherever You Are, sold more copies than the rest of the top 12 put together.

And it looks like the 60-strong choir are not ready to leave the charts just yet.

Sarah, a former Lynnfield Primary School and High Tunstall College of Science pupil who grew up in the Wooler Road area of Hartlepool, admitted to the Mail that an album release is “definitely on the cards.”

The mum of 18-month-old Olly, who is married to Tom, 25, a Lance Corporal in the Royal Marines, said: “It would be good wouldn’t it?

“We don’t know too much about an album at the minute, but it does look likely.

“I think it would do quite well if it was released, maybe not as well as the single, but I still think it would be popular.”

Talks of an album take place as the single was released in the United States earlier this week with the backing of celebrity television host Piers Morgan.

He gave his support for the choir in a number of posts on his Twitter account.

One read: “I hope everyone goes out and buys five copies of that Military Wives record.”

He later Tweeted: “Good luck ladies, hope you get a No1 in America.”

Sarah, who left Hartlepool when she was 17, has an auntie who lives in California, and said she will be the first to know about it if the single proves as much of a success over the pond.

“It’s all just so surreal at the minute,” she said.

“First a Christmas number one, then released in America and now talk of an album, it’s crazy really.”

Military Wives only got together earlier this year to give the members something to do to pass the time.

The choir, from the Royal Marines Base Chivenor, in North Devon, then got expert tuition from musical maestro Gareth Malone.

Within a couple of months they were performing at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, and have since been invited to a number of high profile events.

They stormed to the Christmas number one spot comfortably beating acts such as X Factor winners Little Mix and festival headliners Coldplay.

All of the money raised by Military Wives will go towards the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).