“I Can Only Imagine” is a moving track that speaks of envisioning what it’s like to be face to face with God in heaven. It describes what one’s reaction would initially be upon finally seeing the Creator. Performed by Christian rock band MercyMe, the song was written and composed by lead singer Bart Millard. It was the last song to be written for their independent album, The Worship Project. Its touching lyrics stemmed from Millard’s thoughts on his father’s death.
It was an instant success on Christian radio and even spent two weeks at the top spot on the Radio & Records chart.
Moreover, the song became the most played Christian single in 2002. Then, in 2018, a film of the same name was released, prompting the song’s return to the charts.
Naturally, such a beautiful song inspired many different versions from artists all over such as Susan Boyle, Robin Kochis, and Chosen Road.
But the stunning rendition by BYU Noteworthy seemed to stand out the most.
Meg Ackerman, Allie Gardner, Ellie Hughes, Cami Jones, Amy Geis-Lorsch, Lizzy Newbold, Maryn Smyth, Anna Slezak, and Kacey Sorenson make up the pitch perfect collegiate singing group.
As difficult as it may seem to individually shine, the women of BYU Noteworthy show that it’s possible to stand out and work together simultaneously.
The all-female, nine-member a cappella group remain true to their promise of uplifting others through the power of music.
Their version of “I Can Only Imagine” will give you a glimpse of how wonderfully their music touches lives.
“I can only imagine
what it will be like
when I walk by your side.
I can only imagine
what my eyes would see
when your face is before me…”
In the video, the women of BYU Noteworthy stand against a magnificent outdoor backdrop, their matching sky blue dresses moving gracefully in the wind. Directed by Cameron Gade and Amy Whitcomb, the concept and production of their music video for the cover song is as breathtaking as the vocal group’s singing.
It not only amplifies the song’s meaning but highlights each singer’s talent too, exuding grace, faith, and love perfectly.
“Surrounded by your glory,
what will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you Jesus
or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in your presence,
to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah,
will I be able to speak at all…”
Despite hitting the higher notes seamlessly and demonstrating harmonious blending all throughout, the group’s performance did not take away from the song’s beauty.
BYU Noteworthy took an already incredible hit and made it extraordinary with their powerful version; so powerful, in fact, that it garnered over 2 million views on YouTube.
It takes skill and uniqueness to achieve distinction for a cover.
These traits (and more!) are precisely what BYU Noteworthy showcased in their rendition of “I Can Only Imagine” – out of this world talent, oneness, and passion.
Press play and take in the wonderful meaning of this popular Christian song with BYU Noteworthy’s awe-inspiring version.
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