Check out this amazing high school choir from Memphis called “OneVoice” absolutely crush it in this performance of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"!
According to the bio on their site, OneVoice has quickly become a leader in the contemporary a capella movement under the direction of J.D. Frizzell. Performing popular music of many styles, OneVoice has collaborated with multiple GRAMMY winners, including The Swingles, New York Voices and Ben Bram. They have performed on The Sing-Off Live! Tour and hosted the National A Cappella Convention.
In 2014, OneVoice became SONY Recording Artists with “Elvis A Cappella” alongside two groups from The Sing-Off: The AcoUstiKats from Season 4 and The Melodores, Season 5 champions. They won the Macy’s All-School A Cappella Challenge judged by #1 Billboard artists Pentatonix. In 2016, they had the honor of performing at the Southern Division ACDA Conference. They were seen by over 20 million people on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. OneVoice had the honor of performing at The London A Cappella Festival alongside The Swingles, Home Free, Accent, and VOCES8.
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is a Christian hymn for Advent and Christmas. It is a translation of a Latin hymn, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, itself a metrical paraphrase of the O Antiphons, a series of plainchant antiphons (short chants) attached to the Magnificat at Vespers over the final days before Christmas. The 1861 translation from Hymns Ancient and Modern is the most prominent by far in the English-speaking world, but other English translations also exist. Translations into other modern languages are also in widespread use.
The words and the music of "O come, O come, Emmanuel" developed separately. The Latin text is first documented in Germany in 1710, whereas the tune most familiar in the English-speaking world has its origins in 15th-century France.