Quarantine choirs

THE UK BLESSING: The Lord bless you, and keep you, Make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you…

MYRNA BROWN: Next up on The World and Everything in It: the rise of virtual choirs during the pandemic. 

What you’re hearing here is a viral video featuring singers and musicians from 65 different Christian churches and movements scattered all across the United Kingdom. The video is titled: “The U.K. Blessing”—featuring a song written by Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe and Steven Furtick. 

The lyrics come from Numbers chapter 6 and is sung as a prayer over a hurting world. It’s also meant to be a reminder that while church buildings may be closed, the church is very much alive. As of today, nearly 2.5 million people have watched the video.

MEGAN BASHAM: Last month, 31 Nashville Studio singers participated in a similar project. Using cell phones, tablets, and laptops, musicians recorded themselves singing at home during the first days of the stay-home order.

The Ten-Two-Six Music Group organized the virtual choir and edited them all together.

The song? Horatio Spaford’s hymn of hope: “It Is Well with My Soul.” Music by Philip Bliss and arranged by David Wise. 

The song has been edited to fit our remaining space. Enjoy!

(Photo/Kingdom Choir, YouTube)

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2 comments on Quarantine choirs

  1. James Manueel says:

    Thank you so much for finishing with such a creative performance of “It is Well”. The Church is supposed to comfort the afflicted, which includes all of of us, at the moment.

  2. Anita Butler says:

    I have been blessed by the virtual choirs during this season of social distancing, partly for the quality vocals & lyrics, but even more, as it represents the cooperation of local churches. I think “The Blessing” was first produced as a virtual choir by 30 Pittsburgh churches for Easter and then the concept spread around the globe.
    30 Pittsburg churches on Easter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdxMgmN9NpA
    85 Orlando churches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT9sgMz2Uh8
    65 United Kingdom churches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U
    South Africa churches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EPcd0B5SNs
    Christ Church Choir April 26: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH7uUzWs1u4
    But, I think the concept may have started with David Wesley, a nurse in Ontario. His first virtual choir was in 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Cvv5uDOzvM&list=RDRY4CW5pte98&index=9

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