‘If you’ve ever felt rejected, excluded or a stranger Remember the One who came down in the manger.’
A 10-year-old girl from Northern Ireland has gone viral after a video of her singing a variation on Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ for her school choir performance was posted on Facebook.
Kaylee Rodgers, from Donaghadee, County Down, has autism and ADHD, and began singing as a way to build her confidence.
The video of her singing the Killard House school choir’s version of ‘Hallelujah’ has attracted more than 200,000 views from people around the world.
It was originally posted by parent Nichola Martin, who was proud of her son Blake who also took part in the choir.
Kaylee told ITV that she was excited just to be singing, but that it was also “amazing” that the video had received so much attention. She said:
“I just loved doing it.”
Colin Millar, head teacher at Killard House, said:
“For a child who came in P4 and would really talk, couldn’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 alternative lyrics sung by Kaylee were written by contemporary Christian rock band Cloverton, who are based in Kansas. Their version was posted on YouTube in 2014