Hallelujah, the master-classic from 1984 by Leonard Cohen, is a familiar song to ears all over the world. The soulful song has been performed by many celebrated artists; it has been translated into various languages, used as the soundtrack to several movies, including Shrek.
Despite how commonplace it may seem, Hallelujah remains powerful. The song has become a holiday season hymn.
When three kids - Simon, Patrizia, and Helena, aged 11-12 - sang it at The Voice Kids show in Germany, it was nothing short of heavenly.
Simon led the way, beginning with a deep breath and a voice so developed that you would hardly believe it came from a 12-year-old boy. He struck the high notes effortlessly, and the harmony was beautiful when Helena joined him in the chorus.
Patrizia took the second solo in very a soft but commanding voice. With her eyes closed, it was evident that the meaning of such deep lyrics was not lost on her.
At a point, Helena sang with her in seamless accord, to the ecstasy of one the judges who couldn't help but yelp in excitement.
The families of the singing trio could be seen backstage, utterly pleased with the children, and no doubt, proud of their performance.
Try hard as they might, the judges could not keep straight, disinterested faces when all three harmonized perfectly at the chorus and Simon took it to an excellent pitch. They were quite impressed with that!
Helena got her solo chance to wow everyone at the next verse with her melodious voice. So in-sync were these kids that Helena got the hint of a conspiratory smile from Simon as she sang.
At the final chorus, they sang in breathtaking harmony that had the audience slowly waving their arms before erupting into applause at the beautiful note on which they ended the performance.
These children did justice to the powerful song in a way that we bet even Cohen would be proud of! No one watching the video is likely to fail feeling the prickle of goosebumps.