Helene Fischer was born in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia but at the age of three and a half, she emigrated with her parents and her six-year older sister to Wöllstein, West Germany.
She debuted in 2005, achieving incredible success that she has had the best selling album of the year in Germany five times, from 2013-2018.
She ranked No. 8 on Forbes’ list of “The World’s Highest-Paid Women In Music 2018”, earning $32 million.
This Russian-German superstar is a fantastic singer, covering classics with lots of singers, including a man called Andrea Bocelli.
Her cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with Rea Garvey is so raw and powerful.
Garvey is an Irish singer and songwriter who also loves playing his guitar.
He fronted the band Reamonn in 1998, and they were huge up until disbanding in 2011. Rea continued his career as a solo artist, collaborating with many others and even taking on the role of a coach in Germany’s The Voice.
Irish rocker Garvey’s voice is not a tone you would imagine singing “Hallelujah” but take a listen to this duet between Helene and Rea.
The pair sit together on stage during Fischer’s own show, accompanied only by a piano and lots of blue lighting.
Garvey takes the first verse, his deeply rich voice giving listeners an idea of what he is capable of.
Cohen’s hit wasn’t received well at first. In fact, he was out of the spotlight for a long time when he wrote it.
Label execs never even gave it a chance and it was only after a few years when Bob Dylan began performing the song that people began to ask questions.
When Helene takes over, there’s that feeling of power waiting to be unleashed.
Fischer has amazing range and with that comes strong vocals, her tone never thinning out, never losing her wind.
That’s when Garvey shows the audience his rock and roll style, taking over with,
“Well baby, I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew ya.”
Then Helene joins in, displaying her stunning vocal range with Rea as they sing together,
“And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the Light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah.”
Rea and Helene proceed to trading Hallelujahs, hitting a variety of octaves, the piano suddenly just a distant sound from when it once dominated the first few seconds of the performance.
The song’s signature prayer-like incantation builds in momentum, Fischer and Garvey playing with the mood in the hall as they raised their voices together with both singers closing their eyes.
Almost as if in prayer.
David’s secret chord pleased the audience by the looks of it.
Those minor falls and major lifts that Helene and Rea put on display though.
And yet they end it so sweetly. So calm and serene, just like an answered prayer.
Watch and listen to this powerful cover below!
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