Nuns sign record deal with Lady Gaga

London: An order of Benedictine nuns, who live a reclusive life, has signed a major record deal with the label behind controversial singer Lady Gaga.

Unlike Gaga`s outrageous stage performances and bizarre lifestyle, the nuns lead a cloistered life in a remote region of southern France. They won a search of 20 convents across Europe, the US and Africa to find the world`s finest female singers of Gregorian Chant.

The new chart hopefuls signed the recording contract with Decca Records boss Dickon Stainer from behind a wooden grille to avoid intrusion into their daily lives, the Daily Express reported.

The Reverend Mother Abbess, of the Abbaye de Notre Dame de l`Annonciation near Avignon, said, "We never sought this, it came looking for us. At first we were worried it would affect our cloistered life, so we asked St Joseph in prayer.

"Our prayers were answered, and we thought that this album would be a good thing if it touches people`s lives and helps them find peace," she said.

On their part, Decca Records hopes to repeat the success of the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz whose 2008 album Chant: Music For Paradise sold more than one million.