The Prayer

Album: Released as a single (2008)
Charted: 70
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  • This was originally recorded by Celine Dion in 1999 as a duet with Andrea Bocelli. It peaked at #22 on the Adult Contemporary chart before being included as the B-side on Dion's single "Treat Her Like a Lady." Their original version also featured in the 1998 animated movie Quest for Camelot winning the 1999 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. "The Prayer" was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost out to "When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt.
  • In 2008, a live version of "The Prayer," sung by Josh Groban and Celine Dion on Dion's February 15 CBS-TV special became Groban's highest charting single, when it entered the Hot 100 at #70. His previous highest ranking had been the #73 peak of his "You Raise Me Up," in April 2004.

Comments: 5

  • Carol G from New JerseyI get chills every time I hear this song...simply beautiful
  • Melissa from Jonesboro, ArI heard a version of The Prayer recently on satellite radio that was Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and Charlotte Church. Is there a tract of that out there somewhere? I'd love to get a download of that version. Any info on this would be appreciated! Thanks I love this site!
  • Shreyas from Mumbai, IndiaI pray that this song.. Be unparalleled to any other. Listening to this song I imagine me and my future wife holding each others hands and praying to God. It really makes me dream and feel happy
  • Molly from Bairnsdale, Australiathis is such a great song.. i've grown up with it since i was a kid, listening to my dad sing along to it in the car, and now i'm about to sing it at a school concert with a guy acccompaniast. such a pretty song. LOVE IT!
  • Reza from Shiraz, Iranwow only wow two great voices were woven together. who decided to do that? a genious ofcourse
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