Kaylee Rodgers, a student at the Killard House School in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, wowed the audience at the school’s annual choir concert last week with her performance of a version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
According to the school’s website, Killard provides a “nurturing, supportive and safe environment for children and young people with complex educational needs.” Kaylee, who has autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, started singing as way to help build up her confidence.
In an interview with Belfast Live school principal Colin Millar said, “Kaylee came to us in primary four and our music teacher, Lloyd Scates, who is a musician and has his own band, spotted her talent straight away. He got her to sing a few solos and she performed at the Easter and Harvest concerts, which helped her confidence to grow. Kaylee is a lovely child; she’s very quiet and shy, but when she opens her mouth to sing, something wonderful happens.”
It sure does.