Undoubtedly, all of us at some point in our lives have heard a song that touched something deep inside us, making us have goosebumps or brought tears in our eyes. Music is one of these few things that can really touch humans on a deeper emotional level.
Especially when the song with its music and lyrics can speak directly to our soul and have an impact on us. A scientific study calls music a “ubiquitous companion to people’s everyday lives”, and it’s so true, as music is often present in every important moment in our lives.
And, what a better way to celebrate life than write a song about God and praise his glory. Our story is about a very successful song called, “How Great Thou Art” performed by Carrie Underwood. She performed this particular song during the “2011 ACM Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country” concert which was just incredible.
For those not familiar with her, Carrie Underwood is a very popular American singer, songwriter, and record producer. She started her career back in 2005 when she won the fourth season of American Idol. She’s mainly a country/ pop singer but she’s known for her deep religious faith and her Christian-related songs.
If you hear her, you would see that she really has amazing vocals, almost angelic that can move anyone in her audience, religious or not.
The song, “How Great Thou Art”, is actually a Christian hymn, as you will understand after listening to it. It is based on a Swedish traditional melody and a poem written by Carl Boberg, a Swedish poet and elected official, in 1885. The hymn was so popular that was translated into German and Russian, and from there to English.
As it is a Christian-related song, we cannot but immerse in his glory as we hear Underwood’s powerful voice, delivering this masterpiece, “O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder. Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made. I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder. Thy power throughout the universe displayed.”
And what powerful meaning is portrayed through these lyrics! We cannot but stay still while listening to her mesmerizing performance. But, she’s not alone on stage, at her side we see another great American country figure, Vince Gill.
Along with his electric guitar, he accompanies Underwood on this amazing spiritual “journey” that this song takes us. And, what a beautiful duet they make! Underwood’s voice is like a force of nature, taking us by surprise.
All the venue stays still during her performance, and you can see many people with tears in their eyes. The moment the song finishes, the crowd rushes to show their satisfaction, showering with applause.
Isn’t it beautiful the power of faith? “How Great Thou Art” was ranked second after “Amazing Grace” on the favorite Christain hymns of all time, based on Christianity Today magazine back in 2001.
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