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What do studio vocalists do when COVID-19 forces them to self-isolate? They form a cellphone choir and sing 'It Is Well With My Soul,' that's what.


Stunning version of beloved hymn

Image source: WSMV-TV video screenshot

In these strange days of social distancing and self-isolation, perhaps many of us feel very much alone as we try to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

But amid this health crisis, pockets of people have responded by doing what humans often do in hard times — they adapt, they innovate, and they overcome. Like nature forcing its way up through concrete to bloom atop sidewalks, it's not easy to keep the human spirit down.

And we're seeing that spirit pop up in more and more places: Companies are switching gears and making medical masks and ventilators to aid doctors, nurses, and the sick. Others are donating what they have to the cause. And people in Italy — one of the nations hardest hit by COVID-19 — recently were caught on video singing to each other from balconies as they self-isolate.

Cellphone choir

Vocalists who sing in recording studios aren't immune from the coronavirus carnage. In Nashville, among the biggest music meccas in America, background singers have to practice social distancing and self-isolation just like everyone else.

So what do these vocalists do when COVID-19 prevents them from coming together — and likely missing out on performing opportunities they'd otherwise get if not for the limitations the pandemic is causing?

They form a cellphone choir and sing their hearts out, that's what.

WSMV-TV reported that among the members of this choir are vocalists who've belted it out for the biggest stars in the world and all kinds of records.

What are the details?

TenTwoSix Music noted that 31 of these singers used their cellphones during Nashville's Safer at Home order to "record and lift their collective voices to share a message of hope and encouragement during these challenging days."

The song they performed? The beloved hymn "It Is Well With My Soul."

Check it out — and don't forget your tissues:


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