The dramatic ballad was produced by renowned music producer David Foster. Summer and Foster had previously collaborated in 1996 on the song "Whenever There Is Love," the theme to the Sylvester Stallone film Daylight.
"The Power of One" was included as track 1 on the Pokémon 2000 soundtrack album and was released as two different CD singles in the United States. A number of dance remixes were also issued on vinyl to nightclub DJs. Following 1999's "I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)" and "Love Is the Healer" which both topped the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, the club remix of "The Power of One" became another dancefloor success for Summer, peaking at #2 on the same chart in 2000.
The Power of One was also Summer's return to the Atlantic Records label, some ten years after her highly successful album Another Place and Time, albeit for just this one-off single. Summer has not collaborated with either Atlantic Records or its parent label Warner Music since.
The song's lyrics were quoted numerous times by former 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, including at the August 11 Republican debate. Cain has variously attributed the lyrics to "a poet" and has referred to "The Power of One" as "the closing song to the 2000 Olympics." However, the song is not included in the music list for the 2000 Olympics' closing ceremony.