We’ve all heard Kaylee Rogers’ breathtaking version of Leonard Cohen’s hit song, “Hallelujah.” But her rendition of “Silent Night” is, somehow, even more beautiful. This time, Kaylee’s not backed by her fellow peers – she’ll all alone on the stage and handles it with confidence.
The talented special needs little girl belts every note to the popular Christmas song perfectly and looks more than comfortable doing so. It’s clear to see that Kaylee is going to be a big name in the music industry. She’s a natural!
Kaylee’s mother, Tracy, spoke to BBC about her daughter’s love for music. She explained that singing was always a passion of her daughter’s, but enrolling in the Killard House School really motivated her. Kaylee’s headteacher, Colin Millar, made her feel comfortable expressing her vocal gifts and singing before a crowd for the first time in her life.
“She always loved singing, but it wasn’t until she started at Killard House School that she really came into her own. He’s like her safety blanket – he’s amazing.”
Her headteacher quickly piped up to say that each of his students is special – but Kaylee’s talent is easy for the world to enjoy!
“She’d be a very quiet little girl, but when she sings, she just opens up… She gets so much confidence from the singing. All my kids have talents, as well as barriers, and this is hers.”
The person Kaylee is on the stage is so different than the Kaylee that cowers in corners whenever there’s a crowd. Kaylee has ADHD and autism, which makes being in a place with a lot of stimuli very difficult. It’s taken her years to gain the confidence she has now!
Lloyd Scates, Kaylee’s vocal coach, traveled with her to America when she got the chance to perform on Little Big Shots with the popular acapella group Pentatonix. Scates told the cameras that Kaylee’s love for music is truly inspiring:
“With the autism, she’s quite shy, and when she sings it sort of takes over, and she doesn’t think about anything else. And since she started singing more… in school, she’s started to take part in more and more things in school. It’s quite spectacular.”
One of Pentatonix’s most recognizable names, Scott Hoying, agreed. He explained that the entire group was blown away by her voice and stage presence. They knew they had to perform with her as soon as they laid eyes (and ears) on her rendition of “Hallelujah.”
“Kaylee’s just such a sweet girl. Once we heard her story, we knew we wanted 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.”
Fortunately, we all get another chance to listen to the preteen superstar with her rendition of “Silent Night.” We were covered in goosebumps from start to finish – and we know you’ll be too!
Listen to Kaylee sing “Silent Night” for yourself below. She’s so good!