Maren Morris is getting into the Christmas spirit early this year. The country singer is featured on a cappella group Pentatonix’s fourth holiday album, Christmas is Here! The album, available Friday (Oct. 26), has Maren joining the group on the inspiring holiday classic “When You Believe.”
The nearly four-minute track has Maren kicking off the song’s first verse alone before Pentatonix join in. With spellbinding harmonies and Maren’s soaring vocals, “When You Believe” strikes a chord.
“Being apart of this song with these freakishly talented people gave me all my throwback choir/musical vibes I needed,” Maren gushes on Instagram. “Plus, I’ve known @scotthoying since we were kids. Get in the holiday spirit and listen to @ptxofficial amazing album out now!”
“When You Believe” was originally written and composed by Stephen Schwartz for the 1998 DreamWorks film “The Prince of Egypt.” Babyface later reinterpreted the song with additional lyrics that had Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston singing together for the film’s end credits. The song went on to have a life of its own, becoming a staple heard frequently throughout the holiday season. It won the Academy Award for Best Song at the 1999 Academy Awards. “When You Believe” was also nominated for Best Original Song (in a Motion Picture) at the 1999 Golden Globes, and Best Song Written for Motion Picture or Television at the 2000 Grammy Awards.
Hear Maren and Pentatonix’s inspiring reinterpretation of “When You Believe” below. Kelly Clarkson also serves as a featured collaborator on the album Christmas is Here! She assists on the heartwarming “Grown-Up Christmas List.”