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Rising country music star Brett Young pulled out all the stops when he took the stage on Oct. 9 at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England.

During the show, he stunned the packed audience with a raw and emotional cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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A Twitter clip posted by a fan shows Brett perched on a stool, and strumming on his acoustic guitar. He silences the crowd with his calming yet soulful vocals on the stirring classic that’s been rendered by such artists as, Jeff Buckley, Kelly Clarkson, Willie Nelson, Keith Urban and Brandi Carlile.


This isn’t Brett’s first time channeling the vulnerable and compelling track, either. He served up a cover of the ballad to a hollering crowd during his set at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta in June of 2016. He has also channeled the tune many times other times, too.

Nonetheless, this U.K. performance was quite a treat!

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The Twitter user who posted the video writes, “@BrettYoungMusic Your version of ‘Hallelujah’ last night was magical!” She went on to applaud the night’s headliner. “Thank you @ladyantebellum,” she wrote. “Stunning voices all round and a great show!”

Brett, who just wrapped up a run of shows as an opener on Lady Antebellum’s “You Look Good World Tour,” is gearing up for his headlining “Caliville Tour” featuring special guest Carly Pearce. The trek begins Oct. 14 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and wraps up in Milwaukee on Dec. 16.

A country star in the making silences the crowd with this “Hallelujah” cover Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Invision/AP
Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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