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Positive Vibes Only: JP Saxe Delivers A Heartfelt, Stripped-Down Version Of "Hold On To Me"
Canadian singer/songwriter JP Saxe grabs an acoustic guitar and croons "Hold On To Me," his song that puts a clever spin on romance and its titular phrase
Sometimes a guitar and a voice are all it takes to make a performance special — JP Saxe couldn't agree more.
In the latest episode of Positive Vibes Only, the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter breaks out his acoustic guitar for a stripped-down rendition of "Hold On To Me," sitting on his couch and taking on the song solo. It's a perfect setup for his soft tone, particularly when he busts out some flawless falsetto toward the song's end.
While the song's verses celebrate the ways a relationship changed him, its pre-chorus and chorus flip the titular expression into a poignant message about getting carried away with love. Yet, Saxe delivers the song in impassioned fashion, even cracking a smile as he croons.
"Hold On To Me" is featured on the deluxe version of Saxe's debut album, Dangerous Levels of Introspection, which he released last November.
Watch JP Saxe's tender performance of "Hold On To Me" above, and check out more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Kings Return Kick Off The Holiday Season With A Jolly Performance Of "Mary, Did You Know?"
Dallas-based a cappella group Kings Return celebrates the holidays with a unique arrangement of "Mary, Did You Know?," a Christmas classic addressed to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
This Christmas season, Dallas-bred a cappella group Kings Return honor the truth of Jesus — tracing back to the Nativity scene in the Bible when the world first met Him on the track "Mary, Did You Know?"
"Mary, did you know/ That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?/ Mary, did you know/ That your baby boy would one day rule the nations?," the quartet sings. "This sleeping child you're holding/ Is the great I am."
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Kings Return perform a stunning rendition of "Mary, Did You Know?," standing around one mic to let their four harmonies shine.
"Mary, Did You Know?" is a track from Kings Returns' newest Christmas EP, We Four Kings, which also features original arrangements of festive hits like "Let It Snow," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and more. We Four Kings is the second holiday EP in their discography; they released their first, A Merry Little Christmas, in 2021.
Kings Return will further celebrate the holiday season with their Holiday Tour, beginning Dec. 1 in Washington D.C. and concluding on Dec. 22 in their native Dallas — just in time for Christmas.
Press play on the video above to hear Kings Return's jolly rendition of "Mary, Did You Know?," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Monday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Sarah Kroger Celebrates "Belovedness" In This Uplifting Piano Performance
Contemporary worship leader and songwriter Sarah Kroger offers an encouraging message of self-love in this stripped-down performance of her breakthrough single, "Belovedness."
Everyone knows how easy it is to get hung up in self-loathing. But on her breakthrough single "Belovedness," worship singer Sarah Kroger reminds us it's time to appreciate our God-given beauty and His steadfast love, too.
"He says, 'You're mine, I smiled when I made you/ I find you beautiful in every way,'" Kroger sings in the chorus. "'My love for you is fierce and unending/ I'll come to find you, whatever it takes/ My beloved.'"
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Kroger delivers a solo performance of "Belovedness" using just a piano.
"Belovedness" is a single from Kroger's latest studio project, Light. She released her debut live album, The London Sessions, via Integrity Music earlier this year. She is also a member of the multi-cultural trio Village Lights and the female collective FAITHFUL.
Beyond music, Kroger is a contemporary worship leader in the Catholic Church. "Worship became my language with God," she revealed in a press statement. "It allowed me to communicate with the Lord in a way I hadn't experienced before. There was something about it that opened my heart."
Press play on the video above to hear Sarah Kroger's uplifting performance of "Belovedness," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Monday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Brandon Lake Waves His "Coat Of Many Colors" In This Uplifting Performance
Contemporary worship singer Brandon Lake presents an acoustic take on "Coat of Many Colors," the lead single and title track from his new album.
Contemporary worship singer Brandon Lake has gone through many ups and downs, from discovering his worst enemies were people he loved to hitting peak hopelessness. But the one consistent thing is God — and that's comforting enough to transcend every obstacle.
"Was lying in a pit/ But I'm walking the palace now," Lake proclaims in his track "Coat of Many Colors" (not to be confused with the 1971 Dolly Parton classic of the same name). "Once I was a beggar, now I live in the King's house."
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Lake delivers a live performance of "Coat of Many Colors," supported by a percussionist and guitarist.
"Coat of Many Colors" is the title track of Lake's newest album, which arrived on Oct. 20 via Provident Label Group. The songs from the project are heavily inspired by the story of Joseph.
"He was misunderstood," Lake said in a statement. "He had dreams that got him in trouble, and he had to go through the process of trusting his dreams and being faithful to God. Joseph went from a pit to a palace, and this album explores this theme heavily."
On Oct. 26, Lake will begin the Coat of Many Colors Tour in Tyler, Texas, supported by Benjamin William Hastings and Leeland.
Press play on the video above to hear Brandon Lake's encouraging performance of "Coat of Many Colors," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Monday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.