Hoping to uplift the community as social distancing continues amid the coronavirus pandemic, Tyler Perry shared a video of various singers and performers joining a new challenge — and Atlanta’s own Chloe x Halle and Usher were among them.
The media mogul initially posted a video for the #HesGotTheWholeWorldChallenge on Instagram Sunday. In it, he began singing the song, which is considered a traditional African American spiritual. The goal was for other performers to sing the next stanzas.
“It’s my hope that we add to this simple song in every language from every nation as we let it become a prayer for our whole world! God bless you today. And remember it’s all in God’s hands!” Perry wrote on Instagram over the weekend.
Crystal Fox, the star of his Netflix thriller “A Fall from Grace” and a longtime Atlanta actress, was among those included.
By Tuesday, Perry uploaded another video for the challenge, which he initially said was “a little something to try to make us all feel better.”
By then, more Atlanta-based performers joined in. Grammy winner Usher sang from his home, before Grammy-nominated sister duo Chloe x Halle sang in their signature harmonies.
While the initial video featured more gospel performers, the second video was more mainstream. Others included in the March 24 video were Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Billy Ray Cyrus and former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, to name a few.
“To me this song is a prayer of humility. It’s telling the world how small we really are in all of this and how we have to trust that it’s all in God’s hands!! So here’s round two as we keep praying for the world!! Feel free to join us!!” Perry wrote in the video caption.
The head of Tyler Perry Studios previously shared he was leaning on his faith as he navigates the coronavirus pandemic. He had been listening to Yolanda Adams’ “This Too Shall Pass” to remain uplifted.
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