Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’
On November 7, 2016, the world lost a prolific songwriter and poet when Leonard Cohen died unexpectedly. Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but above all else, Cohen is most well known for the song that took him two years to write, 'Hallelujah."
Since its debut on the album, Various Positions in 1984, 'Hallelujah has been covered by over 200 different musicians. Artists such as U2's Bono, country star Brett Young, and probably most famously, by Jeff Buckley who introduced the song to a new generation when the TV show "The OC" featured it.
Whether you like country or rock, pop, or folk, there's an excellent chance that at some point in your life, you've heard Leonard Cohen's song 'Hallelujah,' but trust me when I tell you that you've never heard it like this. In this magnificent version, the lyrics to this famous song have been changed to reflect Easter and the story of the passion, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Singer Kelly Mooney re-wrote Cohen's 'Hallelujah' as an Easter spiritual before going after the mechanical rights to the song, successfully obtaining them from Leonard Cohen's group, and as they say- the rest is history.
Mooney sat down with CBC News and explained, "The lyrics right from the Easter passage, the fact that it is Easter, the kids, the choir, all those circumstances together evoke something in people." Watch as Mooney performs with a full chorus supporting her.