For those of you who don’t have a heart made of beautiful fluttering doves, the a cappella group Pentatonix is a ray of joy. This group from Arlington, Texas had previously won NBC’s The Sing-Off and has the 50th most subscribed YouTube channel. One of the big traditions that the band has is their annual Christmas musical performances. These fun, contemporary reimagining of classic songs have become massive hits on YouTube.
Lovely, wasn’t it? Well, if you want to bring a little more faith to your holiday celebration, here’s “When You Believe.”
This song was originally written for the Dreamworks animated film The Prince of Egypt and performed as a duet with Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. The Prince of Egypt is an adaptation of the Biblical story of the Exodus. "When You Believe" is sung in the film by characters Tzipporah and Miriam, and a chorus of people departing from the slavery of Egypt to the Red Sea and the Promised Land. The protagonists of this ballad recall tough times that have caused them to question their own faith: they have prayed for many nights to God, but those prayers have seemed to remain unanswered, and now they wonder if their faith has been only a waste of time. Nevertheless, the main characters realize that although the times may be difficult, their faith should remain strong. As a bridge, a chorus of children sings excerpts of the Song of the Sea in Hebrew.
It’s a treasure of a tune and the performers at Pentatonix do a lovely rendition below.