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Quadriplegic singer gets Oscar nod for this Christian-themed song — listen to it here

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Feature film “Alone Yet Not Alone,” set for release in June, has received an Oscar nomination for its theme song of the same name performed by quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada.

“When I heard the news I thought they were kidding,” Ms. Tada, 64, said of the honor, reports the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

The movie is based on a book by Tracy Leininger Craven and tells the story of a family running from Germany to America to avoid religious persecution.

Ms. Tada said the accompanying lyrics struck a chord with her.

“I really resonated with the words — after all, I sit down in a stand-up world and often feel ‘alone;’ but, of course, with my faith in God, I’m never really alone! The Bible is filled with stories of God picking ill-equipped, unskilled people for places of great influence — that’s how I feel, me, a quadriplegic, singing an Academy-Award-nominated song.”

The singer, founder and CEO of an evangelical special-needs ministry Joni and Friends, at 17-years-old became wheelchair bound after a diving accident left her paralyzed from the neck down.

According to a comment on the YouTube video of the song, Ms. Tada’s husband, Ken Tada, pushed down on his wife’s diaphragm during recording sessions so Ms. Tada could hit the high notes.

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