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Hallelujah: Memoirs of a Singing Priest

Hallelujah: Memoirs of a Singing Priest

by Ray Kelly


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Fr Ray Kelly, "the singing priest", became a worldwide internet sensation when a video of him singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah" at a wedding in 2014 went viral. The emotional video and his wonderful voice captured hearts globally and garnered him millions of views.

In 2018, he auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent, singing "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M., where he made it to the semi-finals of the show, demonstrating his astonishing ability to connect with people through his singing.

This is his memoir, describing his fascinating journey from parish priest to fame, and following his experience of sharing his exceptional talent with the world. Filled with stories of how music has always been a huge part of his world, from singing with his family as a child, to performing "Danny Boy" for Pope John Paul II in the Vatican and forming a boy band in seminary school. Charting his childhood in Tyrrellspass, his call to the seminary and his work as a priest, the book culminates in Fr Kelly being catapulted into the limelight because of his extraordinary talent, and combining his passion for singing with his dedicated work as a priest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782183686
Publisher: Columba Books
Publication date: 06/30/2020
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 Early Years 7

2 The Midwife's Son 28

3 Secondary School Years 40

4 First Jobs and Pope John Paul II 49

5 Visiting Rome 61

6 The Call 70

7 Spiritual Year 84

8 Philosophy & Cork 101

9 Theology In Kiltegan 111

10 Final Year 119

11 South Africa - 1989 144

12 The Decision 171

13 Mona 185

14 The Hallelujah Story 206

15 Where I Belong 224

16 Regina 234

17 The German Experience 245

18 Britain's Got Talent 256

19 Preparing for the Semi-Finals 269

20 The Semi-Final 279

21 The Cruise 290

Conclusion and Acknowledgements 299

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