Yesterday the internet nearly broke in the same way that it nearly broke when Beyonce dropped her fifth album “Beyonce.” This was because Michelle Williams, the gospel singing member of Destiny’s Child, got the group back together for her new song “Say Yes,” a dance remix of a popular Nigerian gospel song. Williams debuted the song’s video on Good Morning America which then sent many into a frenzy because everyone’s favorite female group reunited not for a concert, or for a “Bootylicious” redux, but for Jesus. The song, which has a completely infectious electronic dance beat, has an equally infectious chorus in which Williams and her Destiny’s Child sisters sing, “When Jesus say yes, nobody can say no.”
The song is spreading like wildfire across media outlets and social media which communicates, ever so slightly, that the messenger does count. 12 years ago the women of Destiny’s Child released “Bootylicious” a song that helped a nation embrace more ample derrieres. That also led to the word landing in the Oxford Dictionary in 2004. Following their dictionary win, the group had people sweating to the percussive sounds of “Lose My Breath,” swaying submissively to “Cater 2 U,” and declaring their need for a “Soldier.” Now Williams’s “Say Yes” reunites the group for a higher and more explicitly positive cause and it seems that people are feeling that energy. Without even being subversive Williams and the group have given a gospel message a worldwide platform showing us the impact that pop culture can have on Christ–or vice versa. Here’s hoping that this is just the beginning, but for now, check out the video and share your thoughts.