Lydia Oakeson of One Voice Children’s Choir sings “Who Would Imagine a King,” originally recorded by Whitney Houston for the 1996 film “The Preacher’s Wife.”
In this song, Mary reflects on the visit she received from the angel, Gabriel, who told her that she had “found favor with God,” and that she would have a boy who would be the Son of God (Luke 1:30). Every child sent to every mother is a precious gift from God. But this child, who was to be named Jesus, was to be the Savior of the world, king of kings, and God’s greatest gift to mankind. I love this song because it speaks to the message of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ Light The World initiative this year to “give as he gave,” inviting us to follow the example of the Savior Jesus Christ, “the light of the world” (John 8:12). Jesus grew up in a loving home, and could have become a shepherd, a fisherman, or a carpenter. But he knew of his special mission to spread the word of God, save people from their sins by making the ultimate sacrifice, and bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. He gave his life for us so that we could be saved, the greatest gift of all.
Words and Music by Mervyn Warren and Hallerin Hilton Hill
Guitar Arrangement by Gary Oakeson
Piano by Amy Oakeson
Performed by Lydia Oakeson
Produced and Directed by Amy Oakeson
Cinematography and Editing by Cory Bowcut
Filmed on location at This Is the Place Heritage Park’s Pine Valley Chapel, Dinwoody Cabinet and Chair Shop, Savage Livery Stable, and Ship Brooklyn.
Special thanks to Tresha Kramer and Jeremy Newman at This Is the Place Heritage Park, and Arlene Sorenson for the beautiful hand-painted nativity.
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Lydia is a singer, actress, dancer and YouTuber with big dreams. She is a current member of Rise Up Children’s Choir, and appeared as a soloist their music video “Spirit” from “The Lion King.” As a former member of One Voice Children’s Choir, she performed as a soloist with the choir in appearances with Alex Boyé, Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix, Jenny Oaks Baker, David Osmond, and for former President and First Lady Obama at the White House. She also performed with the choir on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, toured with the choir to France in 2017, and is a soloist in the choir’s YouTube videos of “Where Are You Christmas” and “J’Imagine.” Recent favorite theatrical roles include Alice in Alice in Wonderland (Kingsbury Hall), Belinda Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Hale Center Theater Orem), Amaryllis in The Music Man (Hale Center Theater Sandy), Susan in Miracle on 24th Street (Scera), Young Fiona in Shrek! and Pepper in Annie (Utah COPA). Lydia studies dance at Barlow Arts Conservatory and voice with Shalee Schmidt. She is also a competitive individual figure skater (ISI Freestyle 4). Lydia is represented by TMG.
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Very beautiful Christmas Song Lydia 💖
Another great Video
So beautiful!! This really brings the spirit of Christmas. The video was incredible!! You have such a beautiful amazing voice!! I can’t wait for the next one. Your videos are always so amazing.
that was amazing, a great Christmas song and something a little different to a carol 🙂
This is so good!!! I love this cover soo much!!!
Love your beautiful vidio, and awesome music too LO.
Wow, Lydia! That was beautiful and amazing! It's hard to believe that less than a year ago, you put out your first music video on here. I thought you sounded really good then. But now, my goodness! You have come a long way in such a short time, and I am very impressed and just love what you are able to with your singing. I think you are so much more confident when you are singing and it shows. There seems to be much more to you than even I had realized. I can't wait to see what is yet to come from you! You are incredible!
Beautiful interpretation from a beautiful singer
Amazing Lydia, love this!!
very nice Lydia
Awesome job Lydia! This was amazing keep up the great work 👍
First time heard this song and I love it as you sing it 💖💖💖
That's what you sang beautifully. A great video.
Amazing! I love your voice on this song and the way you sang it 😍
wow amazing as always lydia. XXXX
This is so cute!! Love this song, and you sound amazing on it!!
Lydia Oakeson, well done, you have a very nice voice and Merry Christmas from Spain
Awesome job Lydia and Parents! The arrangement and video were a great way to #lighttheworld
Kill it girl.. miracle on you
Such a sweet Christmas song and this video is so beautiful and angelic!
i loved it it was beautiful wont to see more videos soon
oooh, you have such a beautiful voice! it's a pleasure listening and seeing your video
Love your voice 😍
Very nicely sung Lydia…. love from India
Who would imagine a king
Mommies and Daddy’s always believe that there little angels are special indeed and you could grow up to be any thing but who would imagine a king
Shepherd or teacher is what you could be or maybe a fisherman out on the sea or maybe a carpenter building things but who would imagine a king
It was so clear when the wise men arrived and the angels were singing your name that the world would be different cause you were alive that heaven stood still to proclaim
One day an angel said quietly that soon they would bring something special to me and of all of the wonderful gifts he could bring who would imagine who imagine who would imagine a king
That hit the spot! I needed exactly that.