Stunning Father-Daughter Duet to 'When You Believe'

Updated Jul 26, 2023

Savor this stunning father-daughter duet to “When You Believe,” first recorded by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston in 1998 and made famous worldwide in the same year through its inclusion in the movie The Prince of Egypt. This version does not disappoint!

By now, you may have seen or heard about Mat and Savanna Shaw. The talented father and daughter began making videos from their home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they, too, have gained a worldwide following. They now have more than 640,000 YouTube subscribers!

Mat and Savanna sing uplifting songs with the goal “to share hope and spread joy through music.” And they’re doing a stellar job of it! Listen as the two, along with a chorus of beautiful voices,  sing a song written about the work that God assigned to one of the Bible’s greatest heroes!

The video opens as Savanna begins the first verse, which is sung by Miriam, the sister of Moses, in the DreamWorks Animation movie. 

Here are the the first four lines of the song:

Many nights we've prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hopeful song
We barely understood

Mat sings the next four lines, and the choir joins in for the chorus. The singers are dressed in sandy, neutral tones as they stand ankle-deep in an expansive body of water. The music is decidedly not neutral—instead, it is a heavenly blending of harmonies worthy of the story behind the words.

As the group walks from the water and onto the beach at 1:25, Mat sings the next verse. This seems to mimic the movie’s depiction of the slaves as they fall into line behind Miriam, Moses, and Zipporah. Though it seems impossible, they are leaving Egypt and slavery. 

Moses, initially reluctant, needed the hope God provided. He needed to believe in miracles. 

By the bridge, the entire group is singing, hands raised as if in praise of the One who provides those miracles. The song is powerful and, indeed, hopeful. Watch what happens at 3:47. The water behind Mat appears to have turned bluer in the distance. It’s an interesting effect, whether intentional or accidental. 

That’s a little bit like hope—turning it all from cloudy to clear. Thank you, Mat and Savanna, for sharing hope with the world!

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country” (Exodus 6:1).

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Photo Credit: ©YouTube/Matt and Savanna Shaw

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