Need a little Christmas cheer? Jordan Smith, the former Lee University student who won Season 9 of "The Voice," has a new recording. Smith's version of "Angels We Have Heard on High (Glory Be)" was filmed in the Lee University Chapel and features the Lee Singers choral ensemble.
"In the midst of all that is 2020, I hope the lyrics of this song come to life all around you — peace, light, mercy, justice, truth and love in all hearts. Amen!," Smith wrote in a Facebook post.
Josh York, director of facilities management and manager of the LeeU Tech Crew, said Smith reached out to the university in September "to discuss some ideas he had for a recording project, which eventually evolved into the production of two videos for his new Christmas single."
Smith was a member of the LeeU Tech Crew and the Lee Singers when he won the NBC singing competition in 2015. During his time on "The Voice," he was the show's first artist of the season to reach No. 1 in sales of pop songs in the iTunes Store and he set new sales marks on Billboard charts.
York said his crew provided venue support, staging, set and light design, production support and audio mixing. Lee's Media Services Crew served as camera assistants, production assistants and grips, handling setup, rigging and moving equipment.
"We love collaborating with artists," said Dr. Jeff Salyer, director of media services at Lee and co-producer with Smith on the project. "Our goal is to take an artist's vision and come alongside to create something visually compelling to go along with the beautiful music."
The first video, released earlier this month, may be viewed on YouTube or on his Facebook page, jordansmithlive. The second video, an acoustic version of the same song, is scheduled for release later this month.
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