• The lyrics were written by Mark Lowry with music by Buddy Greene.
It was originally recorded by Christian recording artist,
on his self-titled debut solo album in 1991 (English and Lowry were both members of
The Gaither Vocal Band
at the time).
"I wanted to ask her what it was like to raise God. We read that the word became flesh, and
it was just a very powerful thought, to look at those little hands of Jesus that had scooped out oceans,
land and rivers."
• The song was also used as the basis for a stage musical, also titled "Mary, Did You Know"
written by Bruce Greer, that won the 1999 Dove Award for Musical of the Year.
The song has since gone on to become a modern Christmas classic, being recorded by many artists over
the years across multiple genres.