Anyone who has spent time in a hospital waiting room knows the uneasy feelings of discomfort and worry mixed with off-putting smells and time that seems to pass at a snail’s pace.
Bo Steele, a singer from Alabama, was in a hospital waiting room in 2014 after his grandmother was admitted. A nurse noticed the man’s despair and gave him a suggestion to help pass the time.
“My grandmother was in the hospital and as I sat there, I felt so numb,” Steele told The Country Note. “One of the nurses asked me to ‘sing something’ and ‘Victory In Jesus’ came to my heart; it’s what came out.”
Steele sang the familiar verses and chorus, his acapella voice filling the air with heartfelt hope amid sorrow.
The performance captivated millions of viewers, and it wasn’t long before one of Steele’s worst days turned out to be the catalyst for a life-changing record deal.
Steele had been in a band with his longtime friend, Ben Rubino. The duo had once dreamed of musical stardom, but their dreams stalled as life responsibilities took over.
After Steele’s hospital room video went viral, the band got “the call,” according to their website.
Fire River Records, a New York City-based record company, quickly signed The Band Steele to a multi-album record deal.
As the band began to play and record, one of their most requested songs was, of course, “Victory in Jesus.”
The Band Steele did record the song, which was released on Good Friday in March 2018.
“We never expected this kind of reaction from a performance so raw and so personal,” Rubino said.
“I have to just sit back and watch Bo on this one — there is nothing I could lend to his emotion and vocal delivery that could make it more moving than when he sings it acapella.
“I feel like this is how God originally intended this recording from The Band Steele.”
Releasing a cover of such a popular song can be risky, but fans have loved Steele’s version.
“It means something to people and that means something to us,” Steele said. “I hope we’ve done this incredible song justice.”
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