11/18/15 O&A NYC Throwback Thursday: Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey – When You Believe

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When You Believe is a song from the 1998 DreamWorks musical animated feature The Prince of Egypt. It was written and composed by Stephen Schwartz. A pop single version of “When You Believe”, with additional music and lyrics by writer-producer Babyface, was also recorded for the film by American singers Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston for the film’s end credits and its soundtrack album.  


 The single’s music video was filmed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music during the fall of 1998.[4] The video begins with Houston entering a small arena as she begins to sing the song’s first verse. As she finishes her part, Carey appears on the stage as well, performing the second verse and chorus. The video is set in a dark studio accented by Egyptian settings, backdrops, and scenes inspired by The Prince of Egypt. An audience is on hand to emulate a concert-like-setting, cheering on both singers

Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey- When You Believe

The song featured two music videos. The first and most commonly seen video was filmed at Brooklyn Academy of Music performing arts center. The video features both singers, and begins with Houston and Carey performing in a large auditorium, giving the illusion of a concert. Towards the end of the video, clips of the film are projected onto a large screen at the concert, while they belt out the final verse. The alternate video was only released on NBC’s special, When You Believe: Music Inspired by the Prince of Egypt, broadcast on December 13, 1998.  

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