Saturday, December 12, 2020

Christmas Song of the Day #14 - Mary Did You Know - One Voice Children's Choir

Christmas Song of the Day #14 - Mary Did You Know - One Voice Children's Choir

I first became aware of One Voice Children's Choir only this past week, when someone shared a video of them doing a cover of Maroon 5's Top 10 hit "Memories", a single released late last year. After listening to that initial song, I found a lot of other music videos the choir has done over the years, most of them covering recent popular songs.

Choral music and the Christmas season go hand in hand. I am not surprise that One Voice Children's Choir has a number of Christmas songs in their catalog. The newest is "Mary Did You Know", which is a cover that was popularized (again) a few years back by Pentatonix. The same song was the first tune to be featured in this current series of posts by Daddy-Daughter duo, Mat and Savanna Shaw.

One Voice Children's Choir's version of "Mary Did You Know" was released to video today (December 12) on YouTube.

Further details from Wikipedia states:

One Voice Children's Choir (originally known as the 2002 Winter Olympic Children's Choir and Studio A Children's Choir) is an American children's choir in Utah.

The group was founded by Masa Fukuda in 2001 after he composed the song "It Just Takes Love" for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. He asked students to help make a commemorative CD for the Olympics. Some of the students also were "children of light" performers for the Olympics, whom he volunteered to help train. After the Olympics, 25 students wanted to continue singing together, and Fukuda formed the choir as a nonprofit organization to continue working with them.

One Voice is led by director Fukuda and has 140 members ages 4–17. Every year, the choir performs around 50 to 70 times. The group meets year-round for once-a-week practices. They perform a vast selection of music such as pop, gospel, classical, Broadway, and patriotic.

Enjoy the video.

Cumulative Playlist

Nov. 29 - "Mary Did You Know" - Mat and Savanna Shaw
Nov. 30 - "Being Home For Christmas (2020 version)" - Ivan & Alyosha
Dec. 1 - "Take Me Home For Christmas" - Dan + Shay
Dec. 2 - "Mele Kalikimaka Medley" - Kapena
Dec. 3 - "Rockin 'Round the Christmas Tree" - Brenda Lee
Dec. 4 - "Holidays" - Meghan Trainor featuring Earth, Wind & Fire
Dec. 5 - "12 Days of Christmas" - Pentatonix
Dec. 6 - "O Come All Ye Faithful" - Mat and Savanna Shaw
Dec. 7 - "Oh Santa!" - Mariah Carey featuring Arianne Grande & Jennifer Hudson
Dec. 8 - "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" - John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band
Dec. 9 - "I Believe in Father Christmas" - U2
Dec. 10 - "Blue Christmas" - Elvis Presley
Dec. 11 - "Darling Please Come Home" - Joanne Staples
Dec. 12 - "Mary Did You Know" - One Voice Children's Choir

Bonus Tracks:

The More You Give (The More You'll Have) - Michael Bublé cover

Memories - Maroon 5 cover

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