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Music video reaches more than 160,000 views in its first 10 days, part of new music album

BYU Vocal Point’s newest music video release features returning collaborators The All-American Boys Chorus, a professional boys choir based in Southern California. The two groups partnered to perform their version of “Go the Distance” from the Disney animated film Hercules.

Vocal Point’s short performance tour this spring enabled the collaboration to take place. In between performances, workshops and an appearance at Disneyland’s A Cappella Festival, the two groups squeezed in this video project.

In the first 10 days since its release, the music video garnered more than 160,000 views on YouTube, a rewarding milestone for a video that came together in a single day.

Twenty-four hours prior to filming the music video, Vocal Point director McKay Crockett finalized the arrangement and sent it to the group to learn on their flight to Los Angeles. Once they landed, they quickly recorded the vocal parts and headed out to start filming.

“The second we finished, we drove to our first beach location and started shooting,” Crockett said. “It was nothing short of a miracle that we got everything finished in time for the shoot.”

The two groups previously teamed up for “Homeward Bound,” another music video shot on location in Southern California.

The All-American Boys Chorus is the only professional boys choir in Southern California, with a history of singing around the world for the last 45 years.

“The All-American Boys Chorus has enjoyed their various collaborations with BYU Vocal Point, as Vocal Point shares the musical standards and values of the Boys Chorus,” said Barbara Bell, a mother to a couple of boys in the choir.

The younger soloist in the “Go the Distance” video, Christian Stevens, is not a member of The All-American Boys Chorus but is the son of former Vocal Point director James Stevens (who is also the soloist in Vocal Point's most popular video "Nearer, My God, to Thee"). Stevens put together the Greek musical introduction to the song, in reference to the origin of the movie in which the song appears.

“With so many conflicting messages in the world today, it's important for young people to have examples to look to–ones that will help them arrive, as the songs says ‘right where they belong’," Crockett said. “We wanted the music and the video to live in that world, and help people feel inspired to do what is real and right.”

The song is part of Vocal Point’s new CD Music Video Hits, Vol. 1, that was released on Amazon and iTunes today.

Writer: Brooke Adams