Video: 10-Year Old Delivers Jaw-Dropping Version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’
A rather shy 10-year old girl from Northern Ireland has given the world one of the most amazing renditions of the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen ever recorded.
Kayleigh Rogers is part of the school choir at Killard House School. She often has difficulty learning because she suffers from both ADHD and autism, in addition to being naturally shy.
However, when Kayleigh is part of the school choir, she becomes a whole different person, as you can see in the video below:
What the video doesn’t show is members of the audience being brought to tears by Kayleigh’s inspiring voice singing Cohen’s timeless classic.
Kayleigh’s mom, Tracy, says that since the video of her started gaining attention worldwide, her daughter has received a lot of letters and messages from people applauding her talents. “Kayleigh’s voice is what Christmas is all about,” she said. “(It) has touched everybody.”
Colin Millar, Kayleigh’s teacher at Killard House School, says she “just opens up” when she sings, temporarily relinquishing her shy persona. “She gets so much confidence from the singing,” Millar explains. “All my kids have talents, as well as barriers, and this is hers.”
Tracy credits Kayleigh’s music teacher, Lloyd Scates, with helping her to break out of her shell. “She always loved singing, but it wasn’t until she started at Killard House School that she really came into her own,” Tracy explains. “He’s like her safety blanket – he’s amazing.”
Scates is the one who has encouraged Kayleigh to become a soloist in hopes of developing both her voice and self confidence. The result is the video above that has turned Kayleigh, a sweet, shy, and talented 10-year old, into a global sensation.