There are few things more spectacular than when hundreds of people come together to create something amazing. In this case, a spine-chilling cover of a popular song. It’s always interesting to see how the dynamics change when there are so many people participating.
Recently, more than 400 New Zealand students performed a spirited rendition of the Oscar-nominated song “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”
The students are part of UniPrep, a program at the Auckland University of Technology’s (AUT) south campus. The goal of the five-week gathering is to help the teens transition and prepare for college or life in the workforce.
Gathered in what appears to be a lobby space, the young men and women stand tall, eager to show off their singing skills. Amazingly, the choir practiced the song for less than four hours!
To have that many people working together to deliver such an amazing performance is truly inspiring.
A young female singer starts the song off, but before long, all 400+ of the students help her out with the chorus. Along with their incredible singing, they manage to nail choreography that even you’ll want to dance along to.
When the male soloist comes in, though, his unique voice adds a whole new layer to the performance.
When you consider the lyrics in the chorus, this song is especially poignant today, when so many people are afraid to be themselves:
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown ’em out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me.
It’s worth noting that the original version of “This Is Me” was performed by actress Keala Settle, who is of Maori descent. With this cover being performed by such a diverse group of “Kiwis,” there’s no doubt that Keala would be proud of them.
To hear their inspiring take on the Academy Award-nominated song, watch the video below. Share it with someone who needs a pick-me-up today!