Carole Bayer Sager is the brilliant songwriter behind many wonderful hits. Looking back on her 50-year career, Carole says some songs define who she believes she is. She calls those her soul songs, including her radiant 1998 hit “The Prayer.” Performed by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, “The Prayer” was called “breathtaking and exquisite” by Billboard magazine. Carole considers it her most “successful” offering to the world because she believes it sends “healing” to anyone who hears it.
Here, Carole shares with Oprah the story behind the creation of the song. “‘The Prayer’ is the song I’m proudest of writing of any song in my life,” Carole says. “I wrote it with David Foster. We were doing an animated film.”
“And ‘The Prayer’ was written for the mother,” Oprah says.
“It was written—exactly. The mother was sending her daughter off on an adventure that had danger in it,” Carole says. “And I said to David, ‘She should sing a prayer for her daughter.’ He said, ‘That’s a nice idea.’ And he started to play. … It was beautiful, and I suddenly started to hear, I pray you’ll be our eyes and watch us from above.“
In the above video, Carole describes the creative process behind the stunning duet—and shares why it still has the power to transport listeners to a sacred place.