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Kaylee Rodgers sings ‘Hallelujah’

The Killard House Special School in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland has about 200 special needs students, most of them autistic.

This year for Christmas the school choir sang a version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Singing out front was Kaylee Rodgers, 10, a local student from Donaghadee.

She has autism and ADHD.

She’s usually quiet and shy. But a music teacher at Killard encouraged her to sing as a way to build her confidence, reports said.

The lyrics to this version of “Hallelujah” were penned by a Christian rock band called Cloverton in 2014.

The video was first shown to parents and friends of Killard House. Then it was posted to YouTube and Facebook.

It already has more than a million views. And people from Japan, Australia, the United States and elsewhere have called the school.

It’s best viewed in full screen — the kids in the background are also great.


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog.

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  1. This is "just" wonderful. Thank you for sharing…

  2. Thanks so much for this, Dick – and Merry Christmas to you!

  3. Awwww… made my day. Thank you kindly.

  4. That's a fantastic performance which left me speechless and I thank you for sharing this video with us. Congratulations to Kaylee Rodgers and to all her friends and bravo to the Killard's music teacher. Merry Christmas

  5. An early Christmas gift from God's angels.

    Feliz Navidad,

  6. This girl is a true angel, a blessing. Thanks for sharing

  7. Straight to my heart 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!
    Happy holidays, everyone!

  8. ……..and a child will lead them…..

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  9. I have now listened to this performance seven (7) times. It is the most amazing performance I have ever watched or heard. I may a tough as nails SOB. This little girl brought me to tears of joy each time I have listened to her performance. Someone above said "and a Child shall lead them". True words.

  10. Thank you for sharing this great video with all your readers. It is much more moving than hundreds of the normal Christmas cards one normally gets.

  11. Such wonderful meaning and sang so movingly. Thank you for putting the real meaning of Christmas on the internet. Every blessing.

  12. The world current events don't seem quite so pressing after all now. Blessings to all of you.

  13. I can't stop listening to this! I have a autistic granddaughter the same age. God's special gift to the world..

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