Nathan Pacheco, a singer-songwriter from Virginia, performed on the John W. Hart Auditorium stage Saturday night, May 5, displaying to the audience his passion for music and the greater, personal meanings behind his work.

“I have been in classical voice lessons, so it’s cool to hear someone who really knows what they’re doing,” said Hannah Cope, a freshman majoring in theatre studies.

Throughout the concert, he gave examples of how his experience as a singer, disciple of Christ, husband and father inspires him in all he does, and audience members took note.

“I think (his singing style) is just very pure, and you can always feel the Spirit when listening to his music,” said Katelyn Clay, a junior studying business management. “There’s just something special about it.”

His 2-year-old son, Crawford, was born five weeks early and required hospitalization in his first months of life. He related to other parents whose children have been admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit.

“You know just how heavy of a feeling can be weighing on your heart as you see this little helpless baby hooked up to all these tubes,” Pacheco said. “It was hard for me to say the least.”

In search for consolation, he came across the song “Forever” by Kari Jobe, which has become one of Pacheco’s most popular covers.

“As I listened to the words, it’s as if the meaning of the words just kind of pierced my heart: ‘hallelujah, the Lamb has overcome,’” he said. “And even though I was feeling so overwhelmed at the time, I felt such an enormous peace come in my heart. I believe what I was feeling was the peace that passes all understanding.”

He bore his testimony of the Savior in both words and music.

“One of the main reasons I’m grateful for Jesus Christ is because I believe that it really is true that we can be sustained in our hardest moments — that we can feel peace during moments that it makes no rational sense for us to feel peace,” he said.

At his performance, he engaged the audience, in several sing-alongs. As he announced one of the last as “A Million Dreams,” from The Greatest Showman, the audience shrilled in delight.

He invited the audience to turn on their cell phone flashlights, and as the scattered lights illuminated the auditorium, dreams seemed to come to life.