The founder and director of the Surrey-based Rock Choir has been presented with a platinum disc recognising her contribution to the hit album Coming Home, by The Soldiers.
Caroline Redman Lusher performs lead vocals on the track Against All Odds. The album reached number four in the charts, achieving sales of 300,000.
Ms Redman Lusher, who teaches Rock Choir rehearsals in Guildford and Godalming, was invited to sing with The Soldiers earlier this year after appearing on the BBC Breakfast show.
More than 100 choir members were present at the Farnham Maltings to see her presented with her disc.
“It was very emotional for me,” she said. “I have always wanted a gold disc to put on the wall but to receive a platinum disc is more than a dream come true.
“It’s amazing to think all of this has been possible because of Rock Choir.”
Rock Choir is the largest contemporary choir in the UK and was established in 2005.
It offers members of the public the chance to sing pop, gospel, Motown and chart songs without the need for previous singing experience.
The choir has become a fixture at GuilFest in recent years and its membership has grown from 180 three years ago to more than 5,000 in choirs now spread across the South East.
In preparation for The Soldiers’ nationwide tour next year, Ms Redman Lusher spent time with the three servicemen – Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, Sergeant Richie Maddocks and Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi – backstage at the Cardiff Arena for the BBC’s Children in Need.
“The passion and support for the boys is overwhelming, they are receiving so many standing ovations and it’s very moving,” she added.
“They are touching the lives of so many people, with heartfelt and honest comments from their fans just simply saying ‘we appreciate everything you do’.
“I’m so proud to be a part of The Soldiers’ album.”
Ms Redman Lusher was presented with the disc by Nick Patrick, who produced the album and has also worked with Russell Watson and Katherine Jenkins.
He said: “The boys and their music is providing emotional support for communities and lifting spirits, which is exactly what Caroline has done with Rock Choir with 5,000 of her own singing troops.”