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'Gratitude' Singer-Songwriter Brandon Lake Says 'The Chosen' Changed His Life in Profound Way

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Christian singer-songwriter and worship leader Brandon Lake — the recording artist behind songs like “Gratitude” and “Graves Into Gardens” — said “The Chosen” left an indelible mark on him and his wife.

“‘The Chosen’ changed my life,” Lake told CBN Digital in an interview with series creator Dallas Jenkins, going on to recall watching the very first episode of the show chronicling the earthly ministry of Jesus as told in the New Testament. “I remember me and my wife watching it, about to turn in for the night and, when He enters the scene, it was as if Jesus walked into our bedroom. The glory of God filled our bedroom in such a crazy way, through the TV.”

“I remember being speechless for probably 10 minutes; it felt like an hour,” the singer continued. “[I] didn’t say a thing and it was like bringing the Word from black and white into full color.”

Lake’s connection to “The Chosen” has continued to evolve. In fact, much of the success of his hit worship song “Gratitude” can be credited to the Angel Original series.

In December 2021, Jenkins released “Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers,” a holiday special that debuted in theaters. The film featured an exclusive performance of “Gratitude” by Lake.

“‘Gratitude’ just went to the top of the charts,” the singer-songwriter said. “And God has just been breathing on it ever since, and I get to tour this song and sing it with thousands of people and it’s just really cool that ‘The Chosen’ had such a huge part to play in really just one of the main worship songs that the nation is singing now.”

It was ultimately “The Chosen” — and Jenkins himself — who convinced Lake of the song’s importance, and it’s why he’s collaborating with the series again for its upcoming Christmas special, “The Chosen: Holy Night,” featuring new performances by Lake and Andrea and Matteo Bocelli.

“I didn’t think it was necessarily a really special song or a big song,” the worship leader said of “Gratitude.” “But sometimes God brings other people into your life that see things that you don’t yourself, and that is the story of this song. Dallas saw something in this song.”

Lake even recalled a conversation with Jonathan Roumie, who portrays Jesus in the hit Bible series. The actor described Lake’s performance of “Gratitude” in the 2021 Christmas special as a “stand out, set apart moment.”

Jenkins, for his part, said he reached out to Lake specifically because “Gratitude” ministered to him.

“That’s how I reached out to Brandon,” the showrunner said. “The song ‘Gratitude’ was ministering to me, which was helping the show. Every time we connect, we’re fangirling each other, because it’s like, ‘Your song made the show better’ [and] he said, ‘Your show made the song better.’ Because that’s happening internally, it’s also happening externally.”

“When God blesses something that you’re a part of and you’re ministered to by it, it’s a good indication that it might minster to others as well,” Jenkins added. “But it has to start first with you being right with Him.”

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Lake’s renewed partnership with “The Chosen” is just a continuation of what he see as his “calling.”

“[Leading worship] is my calling and I won’t stop doing it until He says to stop,” the singer-songwriter said, going on to reference his latest album, “Coat of Many Colors,” which features the song “Tear Off the Roof,” yet another collaboration Lake has made with “The Chosen.”

The song’s music video features clips chronicling Jesus healing a paralyzed man and the woman with the issue of blood.

“The Chosen: Holy Night” hits theaters nationwide beginning Dec. 12 and tickets for Lake’s “Tear Off the Roof Tour” go on sale Dec. 1.

Check out CBN Digital’s full interview with Lake and Jenkins for more, including the latest on season four of “The Chosen”:

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Tré Goins-Phillips serves as a host and content creator for CBN News. He hosts the weekly “Faith vs. Culture” show and co-hosts “Quick Start,” a news podcast released every weekday morning. Born and raised in Virginia, Tré now lives along the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he has built his career, often traveling to meet and interview fascinating cultural influencers and entertainers. After working with brands like TheBlaze and Independent Journal Review, Tré began his career at CBN News in 2018 and has a particular passion for bridging the chasm between the secular world and the church