AN AUTISTIC boy with a fear of music has touched thousands with his perfect rendition of Hallelujah, leaving his mum stunned and the internet speechless.
Nine-year-old Justin Kiely-May often needed to wear ear defenders to avoid becoming upset by high-pitched music, but footage shows the boy from Dublin singing a near-perfect version of the song.
Nine-year-old Justin Kiely-May left the internet speechless with his voice[/caption]
The nine-year-old was even seen smiling during his performance[/caption]
Justin heard Alexandra Burke’s version of the Leonard Cohen song on the radio recently and immediately fell in love with the tune.
His amazed and delighted family then discovered that as well as not being frightened of the music, Justin can actually sing.
In the video, Justin is seen shaking his hands slightly as he confidently croons his way through the melody.
As he reaches his stunning crescendo, he is seen smiling as he reaches the chorus.
The adorable clip, which was viewed more than 220,000 times, was posted online by Justin’s proud uncle, 22-year-old Brandon Craig.
He shared the video with the caption: “My nephew only 9 years of age, cause of his autism he can’t listen to a lot of songs but when he likes a song he knows how to sing gonna be a superstar.”
One person wrote: “His voice is beautiful! a little star in the making!!”
While another said: “What a gorgeous voice!! I need to hear more of this!!! Xx”
Justin was diagnosed with autism at three and most of his life he has struggled with music, especially high pitched songs
A third added: “Omg this is the cutest thing ever, he’s gonna be a star.”
Another said: “As a parent of a child with autism, that hit me for six.”
Justin’s mum, 26-year-old Andrea Kielty, said: “Justin was diagnosed with autism at three and most of his life he has struggled with music, especially high pitched songs.
“We dreaded going to birthday parties just in case they played a song he didn’t like as it would upset him for days.
“We got him ear defenders and that helped.”
Around a year after Justin was born, Andrea realised her son was behind in his speech development and struggling to form basic sentences.
She brought him to see a specialist who later diagnosed him with autism and signed him up with an early intervention team.
Justin was unable to speak until he was three-years-old.
The proud mum continued: “We always knew he had a nice voice, but he was playing last week with his drawings, and was just doing his daily routine. Then he was singing and blew me and his dad away.
“He was only in from school and he likes to play with his books and drawings.
“I had the music on. I do have to be careful of what I play, because there some songs he doesn’t like.
“But then he just started singing, so I turned the music down and took my phone out and recorded him.”
He was singing and blew me and his dad away
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She added: “He got to know Hallelujah and one day I heard him sing along to the song so I turned the music down and just listened and recorded him.
“I cant look at his little face without wanting to cry, happy tears, of course. He’s just such a pure loving little boy and I’m so glad that now people get to see what I see. He was born to preform he has so much confidence.”
Andrea said other songs in her son’s repertoire included Shallow by Lady Gaga and Proud Mary by Tina Turner.
Justin’s mum, 26-year-old Andrea Kielty, was left stunned after hearing him sing[/caption]
The adorable clip was posted online by Justin’s proud uncle, 22-year-old Brandon Craig[/caption]
Viewers were quick to congratulate the boy on a great performance[/caption]
While others took the time to spread awareness about Autism[/caption]
Others said they would want to hear more of this[/caption]
Justin’s performance gained a lot of internet coverage[/caption]
Justin pictured with dad Anthony, little brother Ace, and mum Andrea[/caption]
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