11-Year-Old Girl With Autism Performs “Hallelujah” With Pentatonix On ‘Little Big Shots’

Photo: YouTube

Kaylee Rodgers became an internet sensation at just 10 years old when she sang at her school concert. At the time, she performed a Christmas rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” With a beautiful voice and touching background story, she captured the hearts of so many people all around the world who watched the video.

After singing in an auditorium full of people, she then went onto NBC’s Little Big Shots to sing in front of millions! She sang the first verse of the same song that made her an internet star and was then joined by the award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix. Pentatonix is a pop a cappella group that is also known for their moving cover of “Hallelujah.”

Pentatonix joins Kaylee Rodgers on stage

Photo: YouTube

Kaylee’s school principal, Colin Millar, says that singing is a passion for Kaylee and not just a hobby. He also says it’s a confidence booster for her. She has autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), so she uses singing to help “find her voice.” According to Millar, singing has really done its part in helping Kaylee.

“For a child who came in P4 (7 to 8 years old) and wouldn’t really talk, wouldn’t really read out in class, to stand and perform in front of an audience is amazing. It takes a lot of effort on Kaylee’s part,” Millar says.

What fans all over the world are saying

Photo: YouTube

People were quick to sound off in the comments of the video regarding how much they loved it. “Pentatonix created a wonderful performance for her. They didn’t overpower her with the power in their own voices and they didn’t steal the show. It was still all about Kaylee,” someone wrote.

Someone else wrote, “She is hands down the most amazing singer I have ever heard. I fell in love with her voice the very first time I heard her. Kaylee has such an amazing voice.”

The performance ended with all the members of Pentatonix giving well-deserved hugs to the star herself, Kaylee! Check out that absolutely stunning performance below.

This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Jane Kenney.

Support Research & Therapy

Help those with Autism and their families at The Autism Site for free!