Meet Irish priest Ray Kelly who has his own Wikipedia entry, 60 million views on YouTube, an album deal, and a parish who adore him.
Chances are you had already heard of music loving Fr. Ray Kelly - the subject of a 2014 YouTube video that has already amassed 60 million views.
The beloved priest has been catapulted into the limelight once again after appearing on Britain's Got Talent, where he blew the judges away. In particular, Simon Cowell, who said that Fr. Ray's audition was one of his favorite ever.
Listen to his jaw-dropping rendition of Everybody Hurts by R.E.M below.
Here's what you need to know about the 64-year-old singing sensation.
- He shot to fame in 2014 after a video of him singing a rendition of Hallelujah at a couple's wedding ceremony went viral.
- The Westmeath-based priest released a 10-track album of Celtic-inspired songs later that year with Universal Music.
-He then released the popular festive follow-up album An Irish Christmas Blessing in 2015.
-That same year, Fr. Ray was invited to perform at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.
- He has appeared on BBC, RTE, and more, as well as regularly touring the US.
- Fr. Ray has said on his personal website that he will be touring the US in September 2018 - and is currently looking for suitable venues.