One young man, singer Oliver Anthony, who has gotten a ton of attention after his song went viral, shared a Bible verse before a performance.
Thanks to the pervasive nature of technology, gaining attention and worldwide fame is much easier than in decades past. A few hundred retweets on the site formerly known as Twitter and shares on Facebook, someone previously unknown can become a household name. Most people refer to this as "going viral."
Oliver Anthony, a young man from Richmond, Virginia, knows exactly what it means to go viral. Oliver's original song "Rich Men North of Richmond," gained massive popularity on social media. The song went viral, being shared and retweeted across social media sites.
Singer’s Song About Government, Taxes and Working Long Hours Goes Viral
The country tune has a populist message about excessive taxes and working long hours for less-than-optimal pay. It quickly shot up to the top spot on the iTunes chart, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Following the explosion in popularity of the track "Rich Men North of Richmond" and interest in the man behind the song, hundreds attended a performance of his. But before his performance, the young man shared the Word of God. He read a passage from the Bible.
Oliver Anthony Reads Passage From The Bible
In a clip posted on YouTube, Oliver read Psalm 37: 12-20. As he reads through the passage of Scripture, Oliver becomes noticeably emotional.
"But the wicked will perish. Though the Lord's enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, and they will go up in smoke," Oliver reads.
Following the conclusion of his reading, many in the crowd shout, yell. They also show their approval by applauding the young man.
Oliver Anthony Overwhelmed By The Response To His Song, ‘Rich Men North of Richmond’
The clip concludes with the camera showing the massive crowd. It looks like hundreds has gathered to hear the young man.
After the song went viral, Oliver posted a message on social media, writing how he was shocked by the overwhelmingly positive response to his tune.
"Im (sic) still in a state of shock at the outpouring of love I've seen in the comments, messages and emails. I'm working to respond to everyone as quickly as possible," the post reads.
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