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If you watched the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, you may recognise Karen Gibson. She's the enigmatic conductor behind the Kingdom Choir, who performed a moving rendition of 'Stand By Me'. But that's one of many notable performances in her 20-year career. It's also just one side of the woman whose passions include teaching, faith and her family. Learn about them all below...

WHAT'S YOUR MORNING ROUTINE?

I don't usually set an alarm. I prefer to trust my body clock, unless I need to be somewhere and I don't want to be late! Generally, when I first wake up I check social media and emails. But, what I really love to do when I wake up is pray and read the bible to calm myself. I find life is better when I'm not tuning into the noise of the world or work. That's the best way to start the day for me.

WHAT'S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?

It's usually when I've been singing. Even after all this time, I'm still uplifted by a good singing session. Yesterday I went back to a school I used to work in and I taught them a new song, 'Lord You Are Good'. I wanted to cry because of the words and sincerity of the children. It was a beautiful moment, and it reminded me why I love working with children. Later I was with the choir and there was so much joy. I get to cry, I get to laugh. They're the highlights of my day.

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YOU'VE SUNG AT THE ROYAL WEDDING, PERFORMED FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI AND MANY OTHER NOTABLE PEOPLE, WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO SING FOR NEXT?

I don't know how you'd top the royal wedding to be fair! But I'd love to sing for Oprah Winfrey. I'd love to sing for Barack Obama too. I sang for Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu, who are some real icons in my life. So singing for people who really inspire me and who I'd really like to inspire are definitely on my list.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR EACH PERFORMANCE?

I'm usually rushing around trying to get my makeup done. That's my preparation! But as a choir, we'll encourage each other; we'll take time to worship. We don't tend to get nervous. Even at the royal wedding, none of us were nervous at all, we were just really excited.

YOU'VE BEEN DESCRIBED AS BEING GREAT AT BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE - ADULTS AND CHILDREN - WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS?

I would say adults are children masquerading as adults! We're all the same. We all want to be loved, encouraged, inspired and for people to see the best in us. With children, they like boundaries. They need love. You have to respect them too. If they see you're fair, they'll go with you. It's important to see the value in each child and what makes them great, because often they can't see it themselves.

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WHICH SONG DO YOU LOVE SINGING MOST?

'Stand By Me'. No, I'm lying! I'm happiest listening to people singing songs that touch my heart or move me. At the royal wedding, people kept telling us how moved they were by our performance and that's how you know there's been some kind of transformation. That happened to me yesterday when I visited that school. With all those kids singing one of my favourite songs. It was heavenly.

WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?

My mum is my absolute hero. She's one of the strongest and most loving people I know, and she's given me great principles. Things that I've been able to pass onto the children I teach. I realised this when I was working at a girl's school, which was entered into the Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition. There were a few challenging students and I worked with them intensively. Teaching them about music, but also about life. And they went on to win the competition!