The Hallelujah, Easter Version is done by Kelley Mooney. And, you may wonder, how did this version came about? Read on–
This is an updated version of an earlier post. In the meantime, the video went viral on GodVine.com and recorded over 5 million YouTube views.
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen was when K D Lang sang it at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
I had never even heard of the song or of K D Lang but I was mesmerized, especially by the haunting melody! So was the Olympic audience and, probably, the worldwide audience.
But as I learned the lyrics I was very disappointed at the incomplete and distorted view it gave of Jesus Christ and the title of the song which means “Praise the Lord” to Christians.
More recently, I learned that there are two “legal” modified sets of lyrics set to the same haunting melody.
One is a Christmas adaptation which I intend to share next Christmas season.
The other is by Canadian Kelley Mooney.
Kelley wrote new lyrics (with permission) and they are keyed to Easter.
She has recorded a CD entitled Tomorrow with this song prominently featured.
There are several versions of Kelley Mooney singing the Easter Version of Hallelujah on YouTube. My personal favorite was the original one. It was the first public performance of the song and included a youth choir. That version has been taken down by YouTube. The version below sounds very much like the original but is accompanied by a slideshow instead of the original video.
Now enjoy this Easter Version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah by Kelley Mooney.