Fans React with Strong Support as Hillsong UNITED’s Hit Song ‘Oceans’ is Featured on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

When it comes to appealing to the heart of America, it appears that singing a chart-topping Christian worship song is a sure-fire strategy to do it.

Eighteen-year-old Deanna Johnson performed “Oceans” in front of ‘The Voice’ judges on April 14th at the recommendation of her coach, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine. Deanna was also the last of the competitors on the live elimination episode that aired on Wednesday, April 15th to be “saved by America” and eligible to continue to compete on the show. Although she was rated as one of the “bottom three” among the dozen contestants left, the viewing audience used Twitter to vote her into the last remaining spot of the final ten vocalists.

 The fact that a pop megastar musician like Adam Levine is aware of the song “Oceans” may come as a surprise – but it shouldn’t. The song’s music video, which simply features the song’s lyrics along with shots of waves hitting a shoreline and runs over eight minutes long, has more than 30 million YouTube hits to date. Included on Hillsong UNITED’s 2013 album Zion, the song spent 47 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Christian songs chart, initially topping the chart toward the end of 2013 and staying there for almost the entirety of 2014.

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