Originally Published: October 15, 2015 8 a.m.
First, I feel I must apologize for not knowing the full details about this performance video. It was posted on YouTube last week and features two young children.
Using Google Translate, I am able to surmise that this is a performance from a talent competition, possibly called "China's New Generation of Sound." The television competition appears to be similar to America's Got Talent or The Voice.
Update: A reader recently informed me that the names of these children are Jeffrey Li (10) from Canada and Celine Tam (7) from Hong Kong.
If you have additional knowledge of this video, feel free to post information in the comments section below.
But even without knowing everything, the voices of these two young children singing a duet of "You Raise Me Up" lifted my spirits today and I felt compelled to share it on this blog for our readers who may not have seen it on social media. I love their blended voices toward the end and the beautiful message this song conveys.
An interesting side note:
This song, "You Raise Me Up," was popularized in 2003 by singer Josh Groban, but it was originally written as an instrumental piece titled "Silent Story" by Norwegian composer and lyricist Rolf Løvland. Løvland performed it for the very first time at the funeral of his mother. He said, "There's something about the song people are embracing, which becomes emotionally strong...I believe people think of it as a song they use for their own stuff." The lyrics were added by Irish songwriter and novelist Brendan Graham during the time he and Løvland made up the singing duo known as Secret Garden.