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Hymns have always had a great influence on country music and its artists. Because of this, country stars are easily able to sing gospel music, and frequently do so.
A staple of many country artists’ gospel albums is the centuries-old hymn “How Great Thou Art.” The song originated from a traditional Swedish melody and poem that was penned by Carl Gustav Boberg in 1885. It has since been performed by a wide array of singers, most especially country stars.
Out of all country singers who have ever performed “How Great Thou Art,” Carrie Underwood is perhaps the most well-known for it. Her soaring performance of the song at the 2011 ACM Presents: Girls Night Out special earned a standing ovation, and her recording reached the top spot on the iTunes Top Gospel Songs chart.
If you liked Underwood’s rendition of “How Great Thou Art,” then you’re sure to enjoy the video we have here to share with you. Filmed in May 2017, the clip shows a Kentucky vocalist named Lexy Trays performing a lovely arrangement of “How Great Thou Art” that was clearly inspired by Underwood’s performance.
Trays performed “How Great Thou Art” in the same sort of arrangement and style that Underwood did years before. But although she followed the same model, she managed to make the song entirely hers, and used it to showcase the strengths of her own voice.
While Trays’ high notes were undeniably impressive, it was actually the softer, lower moments in which her talent truly came through. She perfectly portrayed a sense of vulnerability in those moments, and that vulnerability gave her performance power.
To no surprise, Trays’ performance of “How Great Thou Art” helped her advance to the semifinals of the Kentucky Opry’s talent search. Congratulations to her!
You can witness Trays’ glorious performance by tuning in to the video below. She has been blessed with a beautiful talent, that’s for sure.
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