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Fr Kelly offered deal with major record label


Fr Ray Kelly, the singing priest who became a YouTube sensation, has been offered two separate record deals with major record labels.

Fr Kelly who came to international prominence just a month ago when he sang an altered version of Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah at the wedding of Leah and Chris O’Kane.

Fr Kelly has been approached by both Sony and Universal and is negotiating with both of them.
Ironically, the video was pulled by Sony which has the rights to Leonard Cohen’s music but only when it reached 34 million hits.

“The horse had already bolted from the starting rail,” joked Fr Kelly on RTÉ’s John Murray Show.
“It looks like it is going to happen (the record deal). Ninety per cent of people don’t get a break and now, at this stage of my life, it is happening for me. Dreams do come true.”

From Kelly went on to say
“It’s different,” he said of his life since. “It hasn’t really sunk home yet. I’m still getting on with day-to-day living.”

Fr Kelly was a late vocation and studied for the priesthood after 10 years in the civil service. He will be a priest 25 years next year.

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