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"He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” from the American Choral Directors Association Concert

It appeared as if the whole world was on the Conference Center stage during the American Choir Directors Association concert on Saturday, February 28, 2015. For the finale of the concert, the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir was joined by Santino Fontana, Sylvia McNair, the Unites States Air Force Singing Sergeants, and five ACDA Honor Choirs—for a combined 1,700-voice choir. The result was a thrilling combination of voices, singing together as one. It seemed only fitting to close the event with the American spiritual “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” They were accompanied by 85 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square.

The song was first published in the 1927 hymnal Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New. Since then, it has been recorded numerous times and reached number 2 on the United States pop singles chart when English singer Laurie London recorded it. Artists such as Perry Como, The Isley Brothers, and Nina Simone have also covered the song.

Watch the video of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Santino Fontana, Sylvia McNair, the Unites States Air Force Singing Sergeants, and the ACDA Honor Choirs.

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (Lyrics)

He's got the whole world in His hands, He's got the whole wide world in His hands
He's got the whole world in His hands, He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands, He's got the whole wide world in His hands
He's got the whole world in His hands, He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the wind and the rain in His hands, He's got the wind and the rain in His hands
He's got the wind and the rain in His hands, He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the sun and the moon in His hands, He's got the sun and the moon in His hands
He's got the sun and the moon in His hands, He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got you and me brother in His hands, He's got you and me brother in His hands
He's got you and me brother in His hands, He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got you and me sister in His hands, He's got you and me sister in His hands
He's got you and me sister in His hands, He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got everybody in His hands, He's got everybody in His hands
He's got everybody in His hands, He's got the whole world in His hands
He's got the whole world in His hands, He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands, He's got the whole world in His hands
He's got everybody in His hands, He's got everybody in His hands
He's got the whole world in His hands, He's got the whole world in His hands

In His hands, in His hands