Ten-year-old Kaylee Rodger's version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah has wowed people all over the world. Photo: YouTube/Time 4 News.
2016 was a tough year. We said goodbye to many legends – David Bowie, Prince, Mohamed Ali, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Leonard Cohen and so many more. And then there were terror attacks, Zika, Brexit, police shootings, tragic fires and just heartbreak in Syria, Paris, Lebanon and Germany, to name a few. But the video below gives you the chance to forget all that horror for just one moment and end 2016 on a high note. It shows 10-year-old Kaylee Rodgers singing a version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Kaylee has autism and ADHD and attends Killard House Special School in Northern Ireland.
It was recorded as part of the school’s Christmas show and only made it online because Kaylee was too ill to perform live as the lead singer at a church carol service. The video has now been viewed almost 300,000 times.
“It was really amazing how many views I got,” she told iTv.
“I just loved doing it.”
Her beautiful singing has caused social media frenzy with many people praising her for her talent.
Shawn Lemmon said on Facebook: “Michael and Belen Martin. Your precious daughter does not have a disability she has a special disability. I wish the world could see that.”
Kaylee’s talent was discovered when she was singing a song from Frozen to herself in the classroom, reports News.com.au.
“For a child who came in P4 and would rarely talk, wouldn’t really read out in class, to stand and perform in front of an audience is amazing,” Colin Millar, principal of Killard House, said.
“It takes a lot of effort on Kaylee’s part.”