Priest Who Sings Hallelujah
In 2014, an Irish priest named Ray Kelly surprised a couple at their wedding by singing a custom-made version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” This video went viral and garnered worldwide media attention for the pitch-perfect priest.
While most artists avoid the song’s erogenous potential, Buckley went straight for the climax in this sensual 1994 performance.
Father Ray Kelly’s wedding video goes viral
When a priest serenaded a couple with a custom-made cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at their wedding, it took the internet by storm. Now, Father Ray Kelly is a star on YouTube and signed with a record label.
The 61-year-old priest from Oldcastle, Co. Meath has a gift for music and even has a home studio in his parish house. He recorded a 10-track album that has been a hit worldwide.
Father Kelly’s talent was on full display when he auditioned for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent. His version of REM’s “Everybody Hurts” got him a standing ovation. But this isn’t the first time that Father Kelly has wowed audiences with his amazing voice. He was a popular YouTube sensation after his 2014 video of him singing at a wedding went viral. That video has now been viewed over 50 million times. He’s a household name now, but he hasn’t given up his parish duties yet.
He’s a YouTube sensation
Fr Ray Kelly has become a worldwide sensation thanks to his version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. He first came to fame in 2014 when a video of him singing at a wedding went viral. Since then, he has been in high demand for weddings and other events. He has even signed with a record label.
Kelly’s performance of the song at Leah and Chris’s wedding has been viewed more than 200,000 times on YouTube. The 61-year-old priest from Oldcastle, County Meath, says that the reworking of the famous song was inspired by another wedding he officiated seven or eight years ago.
His reworking of the song has received much praise from critics and the public alike. In addition, he has made it to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent. This shows that he is an incredible entertainer. He also has a book out, which details his journey from Tyrrellspass to the world of entertainment.
He’s signed with a record label
Those who choose to become priests do so because they know that God is calling them to this special way of serving his people. They make this choice despite the many questions that they have and the challenges that it will bring. They know that God will help them in their vocation and that he will bless them with whatever they need to succeed. Almost all men who become priests struggle at one point or another, but they continue to follow the path that God has set out for them. They have faith that God knows what he’s doing and they trust that if they are willing to do what He asks of them, He will provide for them.
In the Old Testament, Melchizedek was a priest who wasn’t from the tribe of Levi, but he was a priest without blemish and without fault. The author of Hebrews uses this story to prove that Jesus is the ultimate High Priest, after the order of Melchizedek, and the only true priest for all believers.
He’s a pastor
The evocative ballad by Leonard Cohen, who died in 2004, became a hit after Jeff Buckley’s version was released in the ’90s. Since then, the song has been covered by a wide variety of artists. It has even been used in dozens of movies and TV shows. Here are some of the best covers of this haunting song.
1. Alexandra Burke
In a performance that’s as beautiful as it is showy, Burke scored a number one on the UK charts in 2008 with her rendition of Hallelujah. The showy ululations and the biblical references (Bathsheba, Samson and Delilah) underscore the sexual undercurrent of the lyrics, which speak of the allure of forbidden love for larger-than-life figures and power-brokers.
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington sang this rendition at the funeral for Chris Cornell, just two months before taking his own life in May 2017. His emotional performance and tasteful guitar backing make this a heartbreaking yet moving version of this iconic song.