We first hear Sherlock singing and beginning the melody when Wheelan takes the performance to another level by joining her on the streets of Ireland.
The beauty in the novelty and rendition is what makes art and music special. Leonard Cohen first recorded the iconic classical "Hallelujah" in 1984. Through the generations, the song has aged well like fine wine, sounding better with every new rendition. However, it could be a challenge to create it as good as the original. But 13-year-old Fionn Wheelan seems to have poured in his own magic while singing the classic along with 18-year-old musician Allie Sherlock on the streets of Ireland. We first hear Sherlock singing and starting the melody when Wheelan takes the performance to another level by joining her.
Sherlock, who has toured with artists such as One Republic, enjoys returning to her roots and performing for passers-by. She had started her journey in Cork and Dublin. Sherlock, a seasoned musician, saw Wheelan's promise as a singer and described him as "the next Ed Sheeran" in the caption of their song on YouTube. However, the comparison extends beyond their common red hair, as the child sings with the soulfulness of the legendary British singer.
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As the duo sings along on the street, people can be seen gathering and enjoying the melody. One would want to sing along to this harmonious rendition. Listeners were indeed stunned and showered their praise. "You both touched my heart and soul. Don't ever give up, you're so beautiful," commented @rosemariebrindley1169. "It's not often I get chills from people singing, but this kid...WOW you're an amazing singer!" praised @jeribaer8445. "I heard this song millions of times, but this boy's diction helped me to hear it differently. Beautiful," added @grainneryan5948. "Absolutely beautiful cover! Both of your voices are true gifts. Listening to you both sing almost takes my breath away. You both truly incredible and so gifted. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us," commented @CatieSwolsky-wf9kc. "That young boy’s voice gave me shivers. They both have wonderful voices," wrote @LAStars-sratS.
Once recorded, "Hallelujah" wasn't expected to be legendary and popular, touching so many hearts. It was not known until 1991 when John Cale released a new version, which prompted another renowned cover by Jeff Buckley in 1994. When it was included on the "Shrek" soundtrack in 2001, the song became a global hit. "Hallelujah" wasn't heard in the United States until another label published "Various Positions." Even so, it failed to make an impression on the radio or the charts.
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According to The Atlantic, while talking about the song, Cohen said, "This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled. But there are moments when we can reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that's what I mean by 'Hallelujah.'" Even though Cohen wrote about 80 verses over five years, he cut the song down to four for the final studio version. After te teen musicians shared the harmonious rendition of the iconic track on social media, it crossed eight million views and garnered many likes.