25 Fierce AF Performances of “I’m Here” From The Color Purple

Last updated January 5th, 2017 by Josh Ferri
25 Fierce AF Performances of “I’m Here” From The Color Purp…

Tony winner Cynthia Erivo sings the ultimate “I’m Here” eight times a week over in The Color Purple

at Broadway’s Jacobs Theatre. If you haven’t been there yet, you only have until January 8 to experience the goose-bump-inducing, mid-show-standing-ovation-earning moment live. (Video truly doesn’t do the queen justice.)

Scroll on to take an epic YouTube spiral of “I’m Here”. Chances are you’ll either feel like a strong, badass after or you’ll need to take to your bed for the rest of the day.

Saycon Sengbloh

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Starting at 1:56 that “they see more…” section. Come through, Saycon!

Nattalyee Randall

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Ms. Randall gives me life because she is LIVING hers. This video has been a YouTube favorite of mine for years now. She begins living at 1:32 but I love when the audience just claps along at 2:28.

Jennifer Hudson

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Is the entire time an answer? I mean Oprah is all of us after 1:40.

Olivia Phillip

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: She sold me :35 in with those low tones. Ok, I see you Ms. Phillip. You have been seen. Seriously, I really LOVE the quality of her voice. I’d want to see her do a full production. You are not ready for 2:53.


Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Tasia at the Tonys was EPIC, Mama. I live for the pause then the “sing out” at 1:52.

Sandra Okuboyejo

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: That fierce “they’re still mine” at 1:12 then the flirty sass at 2:25. This is honestly one of the most passionate versions on this spiral. Absolutely stunning throughout. Someone hire her!

Lilli Cooper

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Bringing those Elphie vocals to Miss Celie in a MAJOR way here, esp from 1:40 on.

Alexia Sielo

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: STFU with that 1:30. What is that note?! #Dead

Treshelle Edmond

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Heartbreaking. What a performance. I got legit emo around 2:35.

The Color Purple Cast Diva Tag

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: 1:43 that’s a hard moment to be tagged in for. Also, bless Rema Webb at 2:42.

Nichole Turner

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: There is something so commanding and warm about this. It really came alive around 1:35. Then 2:47-2:59 is church.

Segun Oluwadele

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: The only guy on this spiral is smooth AF. Then that ending (4:50!).

Afia Asamoah

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: That “sing out” at 2:35!

Trisha Jeffrey

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Seriously beautiful. The silent acting from 1:57-2:25; I got chills.

Montego Glover

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Give it up for Ms. Glover from :43-:55.

Samella Carryl

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: This is a teenager singing at 2:55?!?

Erica Richardson

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: From 2:15-on I was DONE, then I fell to the floor at 2:40.

Aliyah Sheffield

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: I really felt it from her. That “lovin’” at 3:17 and the whole ending. Yes.

Marla Louissaint

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Again, she was in high school when she performed this and she acted the entire house down.

Amber Nicole

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: Yeah, clearly this girl went on to be The Voice. DAMN. 4:05.

Kadesha Barnard

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: I loved this. From 1:35 to the end, I was deep in it.

Jeannette Bayardelle

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: She is going through it and singing the house down (1:01-1:21 then again at 2:37).

Malissa Hanson

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: The pure joy beginning at 3:14 made me smile ear to ear.

Jamie Linton

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: 14 years old and already slaying like she is at 1:30. Bless.


Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: This is the only non-bootleg of Tony winner LaChanze but what more do you need?! OG Celie SLAYS.

Seriously, don’t miss Cynthia Erivo in 'The Color Purple' at Broadways Jacobs Theatre through January 8, 2017.