'The Voice' Winner Jordan Smith Brings 'Great Is Thy Faithfulness' to NRB

Jordan Smith, season 9 winner of 'The Voice,' sings 'Mary, Did You Know?'
Jordan Smith, season 9 winner of "The Voice," sings "Mary, Did You Know?" | (Photo: Screengrab/YouTube/The Voice)

The recent winner of NBC's hit show "The Voice," Jordan Smith, stunned the crowd at the National Religious Broadcasters' annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, with his powerful rendition of "Great is Thy Faithfulness."

Smith was introduced by actress and producer Roma Downey, who was there representing her company Lightworkers Media. Smith performed the beloved hymn during the event's opening session on Tuesday night and referred to the song as being "very dear" to his heart.

NRB Christian media convention is a multi-day event that is meant to connect, equip, and edify thousands of Christian communicators – from broadcasters to producers, writers to publishers, managers to pastors, artists to consultants.

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The 22-year-old singer fit right in as he has publicly stated his mission is to be a positive impact with his music. "I want to keep doing music that inspires people; that's such a part of what I did on the show, and I'm all about music that provokes emotions," he told Yahoo! Music in a past interview. "I want to make music that people connect with. I think there are songs out there that when you hear them, they bring you back to a certain place. I want to make music like that. I think I've learned on the show just how powerful music can be when it comes from your heart and means something to you."

The Kentucky resident recently made "Voice" history by landing 4 songs in the Top 10 with his first full-length album, Jordan Smith: The Complete Season 9 Collection. He became the first artist to replace himself at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

Smith has credited his musical accomplishments to the training he received while a student at Lee University. In addition to the Lee Singers, Smith was director of Second Edition, a six-voice ensemble with a band, and he was also an active member of the worship team that led campus chapel services.

The young singer first performed his powerful rendition of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" on episode 19 of Season 9 of "The Voice." Just as in the historic television performance, Smith performed at NRB, sitting in front of the piano hitting the keys and singing the resounding words of the chorus.

"Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!" Smith emotionally sung out.

"Great Is Thy Faithfulness" is a hymn from the early 20th century written by Thomas O. Chisholm with music by William M. Runyan. In modern times, it was popularized by trio vocal group Selah until Smith's version skyrocketed it to the top of the charts.

The song reclaimed a position on the music charts, topping the iTunes chart, beating out Adele's "Hello," Justin Bieber's "Sorry," and Drake's "Hotline Bling" as soon as he showcased it on "The Voice." Since that moment, Christian music lovers everywhere have supported him.

Listen to his NRB performance of the song below.

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