Bryce Romney, a 3-year member of the male a cappella group, BYU Vocal Point, was the featured soloist in a Christmas video that was filmed by Vocal Sport at the annual Lighting of Riverwoods event in Provo, Utah, on Friday, 20 November 2015. BYU Vocal Point was also featured on stage at the event performing songs from their new Christmas release titled He Is Born.
The video called “Jesus Is Alive” was released on 1 December 2015 on Bryce’s YouTube Channel. It features local YouTube stars including Stuart Edge, Keith Allen of KFaceTV, Aaliyah Rose, Ashley Hess, Bryce Romney and more. Many of the 10,000+ guests who were in attendance at the holiday event at the Shops at Riverwoods also appear in the video. The director of photography and editor for the video was Dan Williams of MotifInMotion.com (Cody Phillips who was originally listed as director, cinematographer and editor served as the pre-production director). Dan Williams, whose focus is on corporate videos and music videos for YouTube, has filmed 5 music videos that are featured on DreamWorks TV.
Bryce, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is no stranger to the music business. He has performed on stages across the nation, and has been featured on three BYU Vocal Point albums – Lead Thou Me On, Spectrum, and He Is Born. “Jesus Is Alive” may be his first solo music video on YouTube, but singing in music videos is not something that is new to him either.
Bryce has been featured in many music videos on several popular channels including the BYU Vocal Point channel (soloist in “Newsies,” “I Lived,” and “Happy”), KFaceTV channel (he plays the role of Two-Face in “Dark Knight Changes”), and Stuart Edge channel (Serenading Girls on Valentine’s, Surprise Caroling, and Surprise Valentine’s Singing—which has garnered over 3.5 million views and was featured on Good Morning America).
Bryce, who comes from Dallas, Texas, is a senior at Brigham Young University (BYU), and will be graduating in the spring of 2016 with a Master of Information Systems Management degree. In conjunction with launching his personal YouTube channel, the video was planned as a Christmas surprise for his parents who are serving as MTC Presidents for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Dominican Republic. They are not scheduled to be home to spend the holidays with their 6 children and 8 grandchildren until 2016. However, due to a family emergency, Bryce’s mother left the Dominican Republic and flew back to the states and ended up being present at the Riverwoods lighting event as well as the filming of the video. The day of the release of the video, 1 December 2015, was also her birthday.
In a press release for the Riverwoods lighting event, Bryce commented:
The project started out rather simple then snowballed when The Shops at Riverwoods suggested that the filming of the music video be a part of the entertainment for their annual lighting event. I hope to capture the excitement of the holiday event in the video, and it will be fun to feature many of the guests that will be in attendance.
“Jesus Is Alive” is a contemporary Christmas song written by Josh Wilson. The producers and creative directors of the video, Sherri, Melissa and Angelina Whitehead, chose this particular song because of the powerful message conveyed by the song, its unique sound, and because it is a perfect fit for Bryce’s baritone voice.
In the press release, the Whiteheads commented about Bryce’s talent, “It’s easy to recognize true talent—and Bryce has it. We are thrilled to help him build his already-growing fan base with this music video, and we can’t wait for the reaction of his parents when they get their Christmas surprise!”
The video had to be filmed in one afternoon and evening. A baby to play the role of baby Jesus was not found until just before the filming of the baby scenes. A search for a baby was conducted for weeks to no avail. As the filming of the indoor scenes at the Shops at Riverwoods was wrapping up, someone noticed a father holding his baby through the exterior glass doors. They approached the father and asked to see the baby, who was the perfect age and size for the part. They asked him if he would like his child to be in the music video as baby Jesus, and after he consulted with his wife, they agreed. The baby is listed in the credits as “Miracle baby from Payson” because he was the answer to the many prayers and petitions offered in finding a baby for the video. Being assured days before filming the baby scenes that they would find a baby Jesus, this baby appeared at their door at precisely the right moment.
We hope that Bryce’s Christmas video will warm your hearts and fill you with the Spirit of Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
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