A 10-year-old girl from Northern Ireland just did a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and it is one of the most touching covers I’ve heard. Kaylee Rodgers, who has autism and ADHD, led Killard House School’s choir with her chilling solo, making her an internet sensation overnight. As of now, the video (which was posted on Facebook) has garnered nearly one million views since it was uploaded on Tuesday.
According to Colin Millar, Rodgers’ school’s principal, she is “very shy,” so this performance was a huge step for her. Millar went on to tell ITV:
“For a child who…wouldn’t really talk, wouldn’t really read out in class, to stand and perform in front of an audience is amazing. It takes a lot of effort on Kaylee’s part.”
The school’s choir sang a version of Leonard Cohen’s song that had actually been adapted by the Christian rock band Cloverton. Interestingly enough, the band received a bit of controversy back in 2014 for turning “Hallelujah” into a Christmas song. The vocalist, Lance Stafford, later told JTA that he hadn’t realized Cohen was Jewish when they rewrote the lyrics, saying the band meant “no disrespect.”
Rodgers also told ITV how much she enjoys singing–and all the attention she’s received as a result is just an added bonus, but not what drives her:
“It was really amazing how many views I got. I just loved doing it.”
Watch the video below: