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The Prayer (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli song)

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"The Prayer"
The Prayer promo.jpg
Single by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli
from the album Quest for Camelot: Music from the Motion Picture, These Are Special Times and Sogno
Released 1 March 1999 (1999-03-01)
Format Promotional recording
Recorded 1998 Chartmarker Studios, Sony Sound Stage, Criteria Recording Studios
Genre Classical crossover
Length 4:29
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • David Foster
  • Tony Renis
  • Carole Bayer Sager
Celine Dion singles chronology
"On ne change pas"
(1999) On ne change pas1999
"The Prayer"
(1999) The Prayer1999
"Treat Her Like a Lady"
(1999) Treat Her Like a Lady1999
Andrea Bocelli singles chronology
"Je vis pour elle"
(1997) Je vis pour elle1997
"The Prayer"
(1999) The Prayer1999
"Canto della Terra"
(1999) Canto della Terra1999

"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 from Quest for Camelot: Music from the Motion Picture, the second single from Dion's Christmas album These Are Special Times and the first from Bocelli's album Sogno and was released as a promotional single on 1 March 1999.[1] The song won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1999 and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2000.

History

Originally "The Prayer" was recorded as two separate solo versions, Dion's in English and Bocelli's in Italian. They appeared on the Quest for Camelot soundtrack in May 1998. The duet was included on albums by both artists, released a few months later on Sogno and These Times Are Special Times. Bocelli sung original Italian while Dion translated into English. The song won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song from the 1998 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 The Collector's Series, Volume One (2000) and greatest hits My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection (2008). A re-recorded solo version by Celine Dion (renamed "A Mother's Prayer") appeared on her 2004 album Miracle. Dion performed "The Prayer" live during her Taking Chances Tour as a virtual duet with Bocelli on the screen; the performance was released in the Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert CD/DVD. The song appeared also on Bocelli's 2007 compilation The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere. Dion joined Bocelli to perform the song in his Concerto: One Night in Central Park 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.

The original version of "The Prayer" failed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, but was very popular on the adult contemporary charts in both 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

Paul Verna from Billboard called this song a "gorgeous duet."[2] 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."[3]

Track listing

1999 North American promotional CD maxi single

  1. "The Prayer" (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli) – 4:29
  2. "The Prayer" (Celine Dion) – 2:48
  3. "The Prayer" (Andrea Bocelli) – 4:10

Personnel

Charts

Celine Dion and Josh Groban version

"The Prayer (Live)"
ThePrayerdigital.jpg
Single by Celine Dion and Josh Groban
Released 12 February 2008
Format Digital download
Genre Classical crossover
Songwriter(s)
Celine Dion singles chronology
"A World to Believe In"
(2008) A World to Believe In2008
"The Prayer (Live)"
(2008) The Prayer (Live)2008
"Alone"
(2008) Alone2008

Celine Dion first performed "The Prayer" live with Josh Groban, in 1999, when then 17-year old Groban filled in for Andrea Bocelli at rehearsal for the 1999 Grammy Awards. The two performed the song during her CBS TV special That's Just the Woman in Me, aired on 15 February 2008. This version was released as a music download in the U.S. and Canada two days earlier. It proved to be much more successful than the original, entering the Billboard Hot 100 at number 70, it also appeared on a few other Billboard charts: 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.[9]

Track listing

2008 North American digital single

  1. "The Prayer" (Celine Dion and Josh Groban) (live) – 4:38

Charts

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 70
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[12] 50

Anthony Callea version

"The Prayer"
The Prayer Anthony Callea cover art.jpg
Single by Anthony Callea
from the album Anthony Callea
Released 19 December 2004
Format CD single
Genre Classical crossover
Length 4:16
Label Sony BMG
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) John Forman
Anthony Callea singles chronology
"The Prayer"
(2004)
"Rain" / "Bridge over Troubled Water"
(2005)
"The Prayer"
(2004)
"Rain"/"Bridge over Troubled Water"
(2005)
Music video
"The Prayer" on YouTube

Callea first performed this song during Australian Idol 2004, in the week of 'contestants choice'. He received a standing ovation for this performance and the "Grand Royal Touchdown" from judge Mark Holden. 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.[13][14] The song was included on Callea's debut album 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 [15] He also performed it as a duet with Tina Arena on her Symphony of Life CD/DVD, released in 2012.

Track list

"The Prayer" was released as a two-track CD single [16]

  1. The Prayer (4.16)
  2. The Prayer (Sterling remix) (4:03)

Video

The video includes excerpts of Callea recording the song and was released in 2004.[17]

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2004–05) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[18] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2004) Position
Australia (ARIA)[19] 82
Chart (2005) Position
Australia (ARIA)[20] 1

Decade-end charts

Chart (2000–09) Position
Australia (ARIA)[14] 2

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[21] 4× Platinum 280,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other notable versions

See also

References

  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
  2. ^ Billboard - Google Książki. Books.google.com. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Billboard - Google Książki. Books.google.com. 20 March 1999. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Sam Jaspers (2006). Ultratop 1995-2005. Book & Media Publishing. ISBN 90-5720-232-8. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 8130." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Celine Dion Chart History (Adult Contemporary)" Billboard. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Classical Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "RPM 1999 Top 100 Adult Contemporary". RPM. 13 December 1999. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Flo Rida Makes It Nine Straight Atop Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  10. ^ "Celine Dion Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Celine Dion Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Celine Dion Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 24 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  13. ^ Cashmere, Paul (29 January 2005)Anthony Callea Premature Sales Announcement.undercover.com.au. Archived from the original on 31 January 2005. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  14. ^ a b ARIA’s End Of Decade Charts*(PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  15. ^ "The Prayer Anthony Callea sings for Queen Elizabeth 2006". YouTube. 6 April 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Prayer - Single by Anthony Callea". Itunes.apple.com. 19 December 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Anthony Callea - The Prayer". YouTube. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Anthony Callea – The Prayer". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2004". ARIA. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2005". ARIA. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  22. ^ "From My Heart - Daniel Rodriguez". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  23. ^ "'Heavensong' hits No. 1 on Billboard's chart". Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  24. ^ 第四季最强大脑 (20 August 2016), 跨界歌王 第13期 20160820 王祖蓝, 杜丽莎 The Prayer, retrieved 16 February 2017 
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