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.