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BYU Men's Chorus and Vocal Point sing 'Nearer My God to Thee'

Compiled by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Tue, Aug. 5 3:20 p.m. MDT

 Brigham Young University's Men's Chorus and a capella group Vocal Point join to perform the Christian hymn \

Brigham Young University's Men's Chorus and a capella group Vocal Point join to perform the Christian hymn "Nearer My God to Thee."

(BYU Vocal Point YouTube screenshot)

Brigham Young University's Men's Chorus and a capella group Vocal Point collaborated to perform the Christian hymn "Nearer My God to Thee."

In a music video released Tuesday, the two groups perform a version of the song written by former Vocal Point director James Stevens. Stevens is also the lead soloist in the video.

According to the video description, the Vocal Point version of "Nearer My God to Thee" was the most popular song for the group on iTunes. Now, with the help of the Men's Chorus, the group hopes to spread the message further.

"We put all we’ve got into every music video we make, but this one is particularly special to us. We want millions of people to hear this song and feel its powerful message," BYU Vocal Point wrote on Facebook.

"James Stevens' arrangement of this Christian hymn creates a feeling that is less about peace and more about the struggles in life that bring us closer to God," the video description stated.

Many viewers online expressed their appreciation for the talent and emotion displayed in the video.

"Holy cow! That was spectacular," Tennyson Miller wrote on Facebook.

"This was already one of my absolute favorites and then you had to go and add an entire choir behind you singing the Latin and made it 80 times cooler! Well played BYU Vocal Point. Well played indeed."

"Two of my favorite groups at BYU, together, singing an incredible arrangement of this powerful hymn," Jacob Goldman wrote on YouTube.

Email: spetersen@deseretnews.com | Twitter: @Sarah_DNews

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1. Utexmom
Flower Mound, TX,
Aug. 5, 2014

The video is not working

2. MIMom
Mt Pleasant, MI,
Aug. 5, 2014

So which came first, James Steven's version or Steven Sharp Nelson's cello version of this same song. Play them side by side, they are almost identical. I am very familiar with the cello version and when listening to vocal point and the choir I felt like I knew exactly what was coming next. It is interesting. That said it is a beautiful arrangement for voice and cello. http://thepianoguys.com/ go to videos and you will find Nearer My God to Thee

3. wer
South Jordan, UT,
Aug. 5, 2014

Something that was simple incredible has become amazing.

4. HeresAThought
Queen Creek, AZ,
Aug. 6, 2014

MIMom: With a Christian song that got credit on the sinking Titanic in 1912, I'm confident you'll find a cornucopia of arrangements spanning the century that are similar to this. It's a wonderful song and arrangement.

5. BR
Sandy, UT,
Aug. 6, 2014

MIMom I am not by far any expert in music but to say that they are identical - the same song, yes. But thanks for the adverting on the Piano Guys - I loved the cello version.