The Tennessee pastor who stunned attendees at a NASCAR event when he thanked God for his "smokin' hot wife" during the invocation may be on his way to becoming an Internet legend now that his controversial prayer has been turned into a song.
The Gregory Brothers, known for transforming otherwise mundane news clips into popular songs, have graced Pastor Joe Nelms with their "songifying" skills.
The group, which goes by the user name "schmoyoho" on YouTube, has posted on the video network a two-minute clip with Nelms's prayer set to a catchy country tune that "all men, women, & children can dance to," with lyrics included. The song's hook is the line Nelms used to end his prayer: "Boogity, boogity, boogity. Amen."
The video was published Wednesday night and has already attracted more than 300,000 views and nearly 4,000 comments, some of which blast the prayer as being "disrespectful" and nothing more than "shameless corporate promotion."
In his prayer, Nelms, head of Family Baptist Church in Lebanon, also thanked God for Goodyear Tires, GM performance technology, and R07 engines, among other things.
Nelms, who insisted that he has gotten more compliments than criticism for his prayer at the NASCAR Nationwide Federated Auto Parts 300, told the Christian Post Monday that he was only trying to show the joy Christians have in Jesus Christ.
“Our whole goal was to open doors that would not otherwise be open,” Nelms said. “There are a lot of folks who think churches are all [full of] serious people who never enjoy life and [who have] just a list of rules.”
He added, “We who have been saved by Christ, we know that living has just begun. When I accepted Christ, that’s when I really learned what joy was.”
The Auto-Tune music video might bring Nelms a lot more joy, as the “songified” version of his NASCAR prayer is likely to go viral and emerge on some of 2011’s best-of lists.
It is possible that the music video of Nelms’ NASCAR prayer could launch him into internet stardom.
The Gregory Brothers have also used their Auto-Tune skills on President Barack Obama, former Miss California Carrie Prejean, George W. Bush, and others.
Earlier this year, the brothers took a news clip of a man named Antoine Dodson speaking to reporters about an attempted assault on his sister. Once the "songified" version hit the Web, Dodson immediately shot to stardom. The song, titled the “Bed Intruder Song,” even made it onto iTunes, where it topped out at number one several times.