Utah YouTube channel collaboration breaks world record

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Angels gathered in Provo on Rock Canyon Park’s hillside in November to help The Piano Guys and other Utah YouTube stars break the Guinness World Record for the largest nativity scene with real people — and they did it.

The new video, “Angels We Have Heard on High,” broke Britain’s record from last year (898) by over 100 people. With volunteers and YouTube personalities joining in, there were over 1,039 participants in the live nativity.

“To see so many people being willing to share their faith and bear witness that they believe in Jesus Christ, seeing all those angels assembled on the hill and spontaneously break out into song is something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” said Jeff Taylor, executive creative director for BonCom, who worked on the video.

The Piano guys, represented by Steve Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt, were joined by vocalists David Archuleta, Peter Hollen and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to provide the music for the YouTube video.

“For us the Christmas season is so special,” said Steven Sharp Nelson, cellist for The Piano Guys, at the end of the video. “We believe the purpose of life is to be happy, and for us in our own lives, that happiness has come from following the teachings of Jesus Christ, holding families extra close and loving others more than ourselves. It’s not easy, but it is totally worth it. And Christmas brings all of these things together, so go out and make someone’s Christmas season extra special by doing something anonymous for someone in need. Do whatever it is that you want to do to share the gift of Christmas.”

The video was filmed in three parts: the live nativity at Rock Canyon Park, the music with the singers, and the family nativity scene. The family nativity scene was exclusive to Utah YouTube channel stars and their families. Some of the YouTube members in the live nativity included Alex Boye, Stuart Edge, Richard Sharrah (Kid History), Jeremy Warner (Studio C), Natalie Madsen (Studio C) and more.

“Christmas is the one of the most important things to me,” said Archuleta in the behind-the-scenes video. “It feels so magical, you just feel closer, you just want to be a better person, you want to love more, you want to be closer to your family, and that’s just the power of Christmas and Christ. That’s what it’s all about.”

The Piano Guys made the video to join the LDS Church’s #sharethegift campaign.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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