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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fr Ray Kelly is the parish priest in Oldcastle, Co. Meath. He is currently a contestant on Dancing With The Stars Ireland.