11-year-old autistic girl wows the world singing 'Hallelujah' with Pentatonix

Edduin Carvajal
Apr 03, 2018
09:48 A.M.
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It is common to hear that talented people are born with it and that they just have to work very hard to be successful.


That’s the case of Kaylee Johnson, the 11-year-old girl who has been attracting a lot of attention lately after appearing on Little Big Shots next to the world-wide famous a cappella group Pentatonix.

According to Inspire More, all six of them went onstage to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in front of a huge crowd that couldn’t help but praise and give a standing ovation to her after the performance.

One of the facts that has surprised more people is that Johnson was diagnosed at an early age with mild autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


Her teachers at Killard House Special School in Northern Ireland admitted that she rarely speaks during class and that the simple fact of knowing that she was singing was more than a surprise for them.

Fortunately, she started taking her singing career more seriously last year, when a video of her performing a Christmas-themed remake of Hallelujah with the school choir went viral.

Her music teacher, Lloyd Scates, revealed that she is always very shy but that everything changes when she sings as it is just like it takes over her and she doesn’t think about anything else.


Scates was on stage playing the piano and serving as a moral support for her during the Little Big Shots’ episode aired on March 25, 2018. Her powerful and mature voice blended in perfectly with Pentatonix, which served as her choir.

Scott Hoying, one of the members of the group, pointed out that since the very first time they saw her singing, they knew they had to sing with her.

‘Hallelujah is one of our favorite songs to sing, and the second she started singing, it just brought tears to all our eyes. She is a truly special person and a special talent.’

Scott Hoying, Inspire More, March 30, 2018.