Father Ray Kelly Sings Surprise ‘Hallelujah’ Written by Leonard Cohen, and Covered Previously by John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright

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Original Big surprise for Bride and Groom…Chris and Leah Wedding 5 April 2014.

“Hallelujah” is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, which was originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which later formed the basis for a cover by Jeff Buckley, then by Rufus Wainwright, and now in April 2014 by Father Ray Kelly.

The priest from Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland appeared on the Ireland’s “Late Late Show” to perform the rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” he sang at the wedding of Chris and Leah O’Kane, which was already going viral on YouTube.

Music video by Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujah. (C) 2009 Sony Music Entertainment.

Music video by Jeff Buckley performing Hallelujah. (C) 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

Music video by Rufus Wainwright performing Hallelujah. (C) 2004 Geffen Records.

Fr. Ray Kelly performs ‘Hallelujah’ live on The Late Late Show.

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