AceShowbiz - Mariah Carey will dedicate her "Hero" classic to first responders in the coronavirus pandemic as part of U.S. televangelist Joel Osteen's virtual Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 service.
The R&B icon will virtually join rapper Kanye West and actor/director Tyler Perry for Osteen's remote holiday worship, which will be livestreamed from his Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and the preacher reveals Mariah personally reached out to offer up her talents.
"I've known Mariah from years past and she wanted to do something to honour the first responders," Osteen told syndicated columnist Allison Kugel.
"She called and asked if we could do something together, and of course I thought it would be great. She wants to sing her song, Hero, which she'll do from her apartment in New York. We'll put footage of the first responders (onscreen) over her song."
"She has a real heart to say thank you to people," he gushed, "and so we thought it would work with our other segments. She's an amazing lady, too, so it just kind of fell into place."
A pre-recorded message from Perry will also air during the service, which Osteen hopes will help to boost his congregation's spirits.
"He's spoken here at Lakewood Church before, and people love him," the 57 year old explained. "I just kind of wanted something special this Easter season, during these times that are so uncertain. So, he made us a five-minute video. He's very warm and inspiring."
And Osteen's new pal Kanye will also play a key part in the online religious gathering, providing music for the big event from his home in Los Angeles - although the pastor isn't sure yet what the segment will entail.
He shared, "Kanye West texted me just a few days ago and said, 'What are you all doing for Easter?' I asked him if he wanted to do something together, and he said, 'Yes, I would like to get my choir involved.' I said, 'Absolutely, let's do it.' "
"So, he's working on that end. I don't know what it's all going to be, but he's going to do something with social distancing and all the right things."
The Easter Sunday service will be broadcast over Osteen's megachurch feed at his official website at both 9.30 A.M. EST and 12 P.M. EST.