Single by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli
from the album
, Quest for Camelot: Music from the Motion Picture and These Are Special Times Sogno
March 1, 1999
1998 Chartmarker Studios, Sony Sound Stage,
Criteria Recording Studios
David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa, Tony Renis
Producer(s) David Foster, Tony Renis, Carole Bayer Sager
The Prayer" is a popular song written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa and Tony Renis. It is most commonly known as a duet between Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. It is the second single from Dion's Christmas album and the first from Bocelli's album These Are Special Times , and was released as a promotional single on March 1, 1999. Sogno The song won the [1 ] Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song from the 1998 film . It was also nominated for an Quest for Camelot Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1999 and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2000.
The Dion/Bocelli duet version has an additional bridge (not featured in the film version) whose melody is the same as the bridge of "
Looking Through Your Eyes", another song from the same movie.
History [ edit ]
Originally "The Prayer" was recorded as two separate solo versions, Dion's in English and Bocelli's in Italian. They appeared on the
soundtrack in May 1998. The duet was included on albums by both artists, released a few months later. The song won the Quest for Camelot Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song from the 1999 film Quest for Camelot, the second win in a row for a Celine Dion song. In that film, Dion sang it as a solo with slightly different lyrics. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1999 and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2000. Dion performed it with Bocelli at both ceremonies.
It was also featured on Dion's compilation
(2000) and greatest hits The Collector's Series, Volume One (2008). A re-recorded solo version by Celine Dion (renamed "A Mother's Prayer") appeared on her 2004 album My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection . Dion performed "The Prayer" live during her Miracle Taking Chances Tour as a virtual duet with Bocelli on the screen; the performance was released in the CD/DVD. The song appeared also on Bocelli's 2007 compilation Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert . Dion joined Bocelli to perform the song in his The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere concert in 2011; the performance was subsequently released on CD and DVD. Both Dion and Bocelli have sung the song with other artists, and various other artists have recorded the song, either as a duet or a solo Concerto: One Night in Central Park
"The Prayer" was popular on the adult contemporary charts in Canada and the United States, peaking at number 6 and number 22 respectively. It has also become popular during
Christmas, weddings and in some cases, funerals.
Critical reception [ edit ]
Paul Verna from Billboard called this song a "gorgeous duet."
Chuck Taylor from Billboard reviewed "The Prayer", calling it "a breathtaking, ultra-lush song, and the tour de force combination of Dion and Bocelli [which] will send a half-dozen chills up your spine." Although he felt that the song is "an unorthodox track for the radio," Taylor called it "affecting," "heartwarming," "absolutely exquisite" and "one of Dion's most radiant performances ever." [2 ] [3 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
1999 North American promotional CD maxi single [ edit ]
"The Prayer" (
Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli) – 4:29 "The Prayer" (Celine Dion) – 2:48
"The Prayer" (Andrea Bocelli) – 4:10
Year-end chart (1999)
Canada Adult Contemporary (
RPM) [6 ] 48
Celine Dion and Josh Groban version [ edit ]
Celine Dion first performed "The Prayer" live with
Josh Groban, in 1999, when Groban filled in for Andrea Bocelli at rehearsal for the 1999 Grammy Awards. (Nearly 10 years later, Groban and Bocelli performed the song together for the first time during the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.) The two performed the song during her CBS TV special , aired on February 15, 2008. This version was released as a That's Just the Woman in Me music download in the U.S. and Canada two days earlier. It entered the at number 70 and appeared on a few other Billboard Hot 100 charts: Billboard Pop 100 at number 50, Hot Digital Songs at number 32 and Hot Digital Tracks at number 29. The single sold 37,531 copies in its first week. In Canada, the song peaked at number 37 on the Canadian Hot 100 and number 19 on the Canadian Top Digital Downloads. [7 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
2008 North American digital single [ edit ]
"The Prayer" (Celine Dion and
Josh Groban) (live) – 4:38
Anthony Callea version [ edit ]
Background [ edit ]
Callea first performed this song during
Australian Idol 2004, in the week of 'contestants choice'. He received a standing ovation for this performance. He would go on to be runner-up in this series.
At the completion of the show, Callea was signed to
Sony BMG, and he released "The Prayer" as his debut single.
It was released in Australia on 19 December 2004 and debuted at number 1 on the
ARIA Charts. It stayed there for five weeks and was certified 4x platinum by ARIA. It became the fastest selling single by any Australian artist, and was the second highest selling single in Australia in the last decade overall, and for an Australian artist. [11 ] The song was included on Callea's debut album [12 ] . Anthony Callea
Callea has performed "The Prayer" at numerous concerts as well as the
Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne. In 2006, he performed the song in front of Queen Elizabeth at a Commonwealth Day Service He also performed it as a duet with [13 ] Tina Arena on her Symphony of Life CD/DVD, released in 2012.
Tracklist [ edit ]
"The Prayer" was released as a two-track
CD single [14 ]
The Prayer (4.16)
The Prayer (Sterling Remix) (4:03)
The video includes excerpts of Callea recording the song and was released in 2004.
"The Prayer" debuted at No. 1 in Australia and remained there for five weeks.
Australian Singles Chart (2005)
Australian Singles Chart (end of year)
ARIA Singles Chart (2000–09)
Certifications [ edit ]
Other notable versions [ edit ]
Nick Palance performs the song Live at El Paseo. Recorded live for Palances' DVD/CD combo (2012) [19 ]
Southern gospel artists Lauren Talley and David Phelps recorded a duet of the song on Lauren's self-titled album (2001)
Angie Stone performs the song live with Josh Groban on the Josh Groban in Concert (2002) bonus DVD
Charlotte Church and Josh Groban's duet is found on Church's album and Groban's Enchantment debut album, and it was performed as the closing song of the 2002 Winter Olympics Closing Programme and in other concerts
Chloë Agnew, the youngest member of Celtic Woman, covered the English version of this song for both her self-titled (2002) and Walking in the Air albums with the help of her composer David Downes (also on her solo DVD and on ) Celtic Woman: A New Journey
Sissel Kyrkjebø sang the song with Josh Groban at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in December 2002
Russell Watson recorded the song with Lulu on his album Encore (2002)
Daniel Rodriguez and Kristin Chenoweth recorded it for Rodriguez's 2003 album From My Heart
Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin recorded their version on McClurkin's 2003 album Again
Sandi Patty recorded the song with her husband Don Peslis on her 2004 album Hymns of Faith...Songs of Inspiration; they recorded it again on her 2009 album Christmas Live.
Adam Lambert performed the song several times pre-American Idol, most notably with Noa Dori at the "Celebration of Life" concert honoring the late Yitzhak Rabin. [20 ] Former
Celtic Woman member Deirdre Shannon and her brother Matthew Gilsenan, a Celtic Tenor, sing the song on Shannon's self-titled album (2006) A live version by Bocelli and
Heather Headley was included on his DVD/CD (2006) and Under the Desert Sky DVD/CD (2007). Vivere Live in Tuscany
Andrea Ross sings the song with English-only lyrics on her debut album Moon River (2007)
RyanDan, the Canadian identical twin duo recorded it on their self-titled debut album in 2007. It was dedicated to their mother who had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (the song was one of her favourite songs ever). Filipina singer
Charice Pempengco and Andrea Bocelli sang their version at Teatro del Silenzio in Italy in 2008
Katharine McPhee first sang it on when she met American Idol Andrea Bocelli. When the singing competition ended, Bocelli asked McPhee to go on tour with him for a few dates, where they sang it together. Their duet is featured on David Foster's Hit Man CD/DVD.
Peter Jöback and Sarah Dawn Finer performed the duet in Swedish, as "Min Bön", which appears on Jöback's 2008 Christmas album En god jul och ett gott nytt år
Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban also sang the duet at the 2008 Grammys in honor of the life of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti who had died previously that year
Toshi, vocalist of Japanese Band X-Japan, released on the CD "Toshi Duet I" (September 30, 2008, with Tierra and Kaori Moritani). The lyrics have been completely rewritten by Toru "Masaya" Kurabuchi.
Chris M. Allport and Ariana Richards released their single version in December 2008. This recording is available on CD and as a digital download. A portion of the proceeds of this record are donated to the David Foster Foundation.
Rhydian, runner-up, recorded it on his 2008 X Factor debut album self-titled The
Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed a choral arrangement of the song on their 2010 album Heavensong, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard charts for a crossover album [21 ]
Marcelito Pomoy sang this song distinctively on the grand finals of Pilipinas Got Talent (season 2) (2011) Filipina singer,
Jolina Magdangal made a cover of the original version from the film Quest for Camelot on August 3, 2011
Josh Groban and Jewl Anguay sing a version on a 9/11-themed Verizon commercial aired on 9-11-11
Darlene Koldenhoven (Grammy winner) recorded her arrangement on her CD (2011). She appeared on Inspired by a True Story singing her original English-only arrangement in 2002 and sang on the original version in the film The Young and the Restless Quest for Camelot.
Jackie Evancho and Susan Boyle duet on Evancho's CD (2011) and CD/DVD Dream With Me Dream With Me In Concert, which was broadcast as a PBS special beginning in 2011 The Chilean tenor
Tito Beltrán performed a duet with Jennifer Boldt at the TV Show Calle 7 as an honoring to the victims of the 2011 Chilean Air Force CASA 212 crash
Mary Ann Acevedo and Jometh Andujar sang a Spanish version the song called "La Oración" in the concert tour of Los Favoritos, and is included on her 2012 album in a duet with Rawy Torres Génesis
Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli performed the song to much fanfare on Britain's Got Talent in March 2012
Christina Aguilera and Chris Mann performed the song on the NBC reality singing competition . A studio recording was released, and entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles at No. 85 and No. 35 on the digital singles chart. The Voice
Jessica Sanchez performed it during the Vegas rounds and on the finale on May 22, 2012 American Idol
Rhys Meirion and Elin Fflur recorded a Welsh language adaptation of the song, Y Weddi, to raise money for the Wales Air Ambulance in 2013
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