This is the third single off Example's third album, Playing In The Shadows. The track features Dutch producer/DJ Laidback Luke and was released on September 25, 2011 on Ministry of Sound Recordings.
Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, who DJs under the name of Laidback Luke, was born on October 22, 1976 in Manila, Philippines and grew up in The Netherlands. He initially made his name as a graffiti artist before turning to dance music and has recorded with artists such as Axwell, Robyn and Steve Aoki. Before laying down the version with Example's vocals, he used an instrumental mix of this tune to open his DJ sets.
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.