Cody Carnes Talks Writing ‘The Blessing’: ‘God’s Glory Came Into The Room’

Singer and songwriter Cody Carnes says the hit topped the charts The blessing originated during a late-night songwriting session that almost didn’t happen but ended with him and others believing that God had dropped “a song in the room”.

The blessing was released just before the pandemic in March 2020 and quickly climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Digital Song Sales chart, staying there for 11 weeks and on the chart for over 100 weeks. A music video launched on YouTube the same month has totaled 78 million views. It features Carnes, his wife Kari Jobe and Elevation Worship performing it live.

It was written by Carnes, Jobe, Chris Brown and Steven Furtick and is based on Numbers 6:22-26, the so-called “priestly blessing”.

“We actually had already written for eight hours, and we wrote a different song earlier today, and we were just finishing up getting ready to go home, and this idea came up,” Carnes said. to Sadie Robertson Huff during an episode. of the Whoa it’s good Podcast. “So we stayed longer. We stayed until about midnight that night. And it was like the glory of God came into the room in a different way all of a sudden. … You feel like, ‘Okay, this is really powerful for us right now. And we know that God is here. But there’s still such a mystery that you have no idea what a song is going to do .”

The blessing went viral during the pandemic without the aid of touring or live gigs. All credit for the song’s popularity, Carnes said, goes to God.

“God does what he does. It’s just him. And it’s amazing to watch,” Carnes added. “…We were literally so far away from any part of this song that was going around the world because we were in lockdown. We wrote the song a week and a half before the country was shut down. And we got it. posted about a week before the country shut down. It was shut down on YouTube. And so we didn’t write it in lockdown. It wasn’t the result of ‘This is where we are.’ It was literally that moment. where God just chose to drop a song in a room. And we had no idea what was going to happen. … You really feel like you’re part of something that God is doing.

The purpose of writing Christian music, Carnes said, is to “chase the glory of God with your friends.” He said he sang and spoke the words of The blessing on his own family.

“I had times where I was like, ‘I can’t believe I have to be a part of writing this because this song is serving our family right now.’ Like, we try to ride through these waves of fear and uncertainty, and we sing that over our children at night, and we hold on to the promises of God,” Carnes told Huff.

“…We just say, ‘Thank you, Jesus, for giving something in this season to carry us through.'”

Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Terry Wyatt/Stringer

Video courtesy: ©Elevation Worship

Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and current affairs for 20 years. His stories have appeared in the Baptist Press, Christianity today, The Christian Post, the Sheet-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

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