The Tyrrellspass priest who sprang to international prominence after his performance of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah went viral, has been offered record contracts by two of the world's biggest lables.
The recording of Fr Ray Kelly's performance at the wedding of Leah and Chris O'Kane in Oldcastle last month recieved 34 millions views before it was pulled by Sony, one of the labels he is in negotiations with. The other is Universal.
"It looks like it is going to happen. Ninety per cent of people don't get a break and now, at this stage in my life, it is happening for me. Dreams do come true," he told the John Murray Show.
Since Fr Kelly became an internet sensation he has appeared on German and Australian TV. He is also singing at an event in New York this weekend.
Speaking about his new found fame, Fr Kelly said: “It’s different. It hasn’t really sunk home yet. I’m still getting on with day-to-day living.”
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