Father Ray Kelly does not say your average Irish Catholic Mass. The priest from Oldcastle, Ireland, is a trained singer who is working on his third album. Thanks to YouTube, the world is now becoming familiar with his singing voice.
Kelly presided over the wedding of Chris and Leah O'Kane last weekend. He surprised all of the guests, and the bride and groom, by breaking mid-Mass into a stunning rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." The priest even changed the lyrics to reflect the occasion and the couple.
"We had the rehearsal on Thursday evening, and at the end I said, 'Sure maybe I'll sing a song for you myself,'" Kelly recalled to BBC Radio. "Leah grinned and said, 'OK, sure,' but I don't think she was taking it too seriously."
She was not, as the couple was surprised when the opening notes played and the priest began singing his version of the 1984 classic. The song has been covered by hundreds of performers and used in TV, singing competitions, andRead More »from Priest Impresses Wedding Crowd With Cover of 'Hallelujah'