Now Playing What just played?



Listen Live

A Christian university's choir has suddenly gone viral and the choir's director says it's all about making Jesus known. 

Dr. Marvin Jones is an associate professor at the Olivet University's School of Music in Bourbonnais, Illinois, and is also the director of the school's choir, Proclamation Gospel Choir.

The choir started in 2002 Jones says with just eight students. Since that time it has grown to its current

Jones, along with everyone else, he says, was shocked at the response. "We really don't know what happened," he said. "I wish I could give a definitive answer," he said when asked what happened.

Jones says that the choir started posting their choir rehearsals live on Facebook last semester. On Monday, September 3 the choir gathered for the first rehearsal.

"We didn't do anything different," Jones says. "We just thought we'd continue. Our publicity manager for the choir, she decided to turn on her cell phone and go live . . . and it just took off. It took us all by surprise."

As of Thursday, September 13, the video had over 159,000 shares and had been viewed over 7.2 million times.

As to why it's resonating so deeply with people, Jones says he thinks he might know why. "Not only the message of the song, but I think the spirit of the choir themselves. They love the song, they get into the song. It's sort of been . . . the signature song of the choir."

It was the first rehearsal of the year, and Jones says that they have a large number of new members, but the reason so many already knew the song so well was because the students are taught the song in their audition. "And we tell them this is our signature song so everybody has to know it. So when we got together Monday night for the first time we just said, 'OK, we're doing the signature song. Everybody knows it at least most of it. You've sung it. Let's go.' And it just took off." 

Jones was quick to point out, however, that while they're excited and shocked by going viral, there's something more important. "We told the students this past Monday night, 'Guys we have to remember that it's not about the video . . . it's about exalting the name of Christ,' and that's the bottom line."



Share this story!

U of M students take fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada off campus

If you missed out on Shine Days you can still donate.

Manitoba RCMP looking for missing man

St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP are looking for a missing 29-year-old man.

Thefts becoming an increasing problem for Habitat for Humanity

Representatives with Habitat for Humanity say their build sites are being targeted by…

"Something Broke" breaking every expectation

"Something Broke" has flown up the charts and has blown away the songwriter with the…

Silver Star will return in red

Winnipeg’s well-known Golden Centennaire is down for repairs, and when it’s put back up…

Convoy expected to cause long delays on Perimeter Saturday

The "World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics" will be causing significant…

Mennonite pastor giving eyes to see

A Mennonite pastor from the Canadian prairies is now bringing clear vision to people…

Hillsong is becoming its own denomination

Hillsong Church has announced that they are leaving their church's Australian…

Canadian Red Cross opens voting on new Pink Day t-shirt design

The Canadian Red Cross is looking for the public’s help in choosing a new design for its…

Missing Selkirk female may be in Winnipeg

Selkirk RCMP are looking for any information in regards to a missing Selkirk female.

Young pianist performing at U of W has sights set on stardom

One of Manitoba's up-and-coming musicians will open the Virtuosi Concert at the…

Mock car crash marks 20th year

Students from a number of Winnipeg high schools got a firsthand look at the effects and…

Fall weekend family fun: September 21-23

The first day of fall is arriving this weekend. How are you going to enjoy the autumn air?

Winkler senior scammed out of $2,200 on social media

Winkler Police are warning seniors to be vigilant of scams while on Facebook.

Police arrest two in connection to violent robbery

Two men are being charged for allegedly abducting a man this summer, assaulting him,…

UGM thankful for partnerships

Union Gospel Mission (UGM) will be thankful for amazing partnerships this Thanksgiving.

Family and community will be legacy of North End Family Centre

The North End Family Centre (NEFC) will close in October, but those involved with the…

MCI student numbers on the rise

Enrollment at Mennonite Collegiate Institute is trending upward after falling over the…

Calls for prayer as persecution of Chinese Christians intensifies

Christians in China have always faced persecution, but recently it's been increasing…

Lukes in by acclamation

One Winnipeg city councillor has already won in this October's civic election.