Update: I just received an email from Richard Parkinson that he did not arrange this song. I trusted a site source and should have gone to the main source – Richard. However, I still know Richard to be an incredible arranger and he has worked with many singers, including David Archuleta, in the past to create inspiring musical arrangements.
I guess you’ll just have to trust me when I say this is the most moving rendition of The Prayer I have ever heard in my entire life of hearing endless upon endless versions of this beautiful David Foster composition.
And, I suspect, some of you will agree with me and the rest of you – I guess – will have to play the “agree to disagree” game with me. It wouldn’t be the first time. Ha!
First of all, you rarely, if ever, hear two impeccable MALE vocalists perform this number. It was written for a female/male combo and, up until this point, I have enjoyed this gender collaboration very much.
However, the pairing of David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco is nothing short of inspired. Although both possess uniquely distinct voices and come from different stylistic approaches to their music, what binds these two singers is their commitment to really excellent, technically secure and musically cohesive singing.
Secondly, the arrangement, conceived and created
by the very talented Richard Parkinson (Arranger to be determined) showcases the depth, breadth and beauty of their voices while staying true to who they are as artists. Both have incredible ranges and, through this arrangement, we not only have the opportunity to see and hear every gorgeous aspect of their voices, but also see two distinctly different artists performing together while remaining true to their artistic vision. This is very hard to achieve but achieve it they did!
Thirdly, the fact that they are physically distant from one another in this video was a superb idea. If they were standing together, this would have impeded their physical and vocal freedom and, as listeners, we would have become more aware of the difference in their performing styles. Also, the distance between each singer added a dramatic effect to the entire song. What a great call!
This performance is truly a brilliant masterpiece. Enjoy the video (featured below) on this MasterClass Monday and beyond. I guarantee you will be playing this song for years to come.
The Prayer can be purchased on iTUNES.