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Hearing Pentatonix Cover "Hallelujah" Is a Spiritual Experience

The a cappella group — who won Season 3 of NBC's The Sing-Off — did  Leonard Cohen justice. 

By Christopher Rosa

Pentatonix — a beloved a cappella group that actually broke out after appearing on NBC's The Sing-Off — have proven they can cover just about anything. From Britney Spears to musical theater, whatever these five vocalists perform, they have the ability to harmonize beautifully while still maintaining their individuality. 

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For the unfamiliar, the five vocalists in question are Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Matt Sallee, and Kevin Olusola. They formed Pentatonix in 2011 and subsequently joined Season 3 of The Sing-Off, an NBC singing competition series that ran for five seasons and featured all a cappella groups. (You can still watch highlights from the show here.) Watch any of  Pentatonix's performances, and you'll see why they won their season and went on to achieve massive success with more than 10 million albums sold to date

Pentatonix's "Hallelujah" cover

Kevin Olusola, Kirstin Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Matt Sallee of Pentatonix walk the America's Got Talent red carpet

Their cover of "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen is truly something special. Listen to it further down this article, and prepare to get chills all over your body. There's something about singing an already-emotional song completely stripped down that makes it an even more spiritual experience. 

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"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen lyrics 

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you dont really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor falls, the major lifts
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew her
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, maybe there's a God above
As for me all I've ever learned from love
Is how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
But it's not a crime that you're hear tonight
It's not some pilgrim who claims to have seen the Light
No, it's a cold and it's a very broken Hallelujah

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Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well people I've been here before
I know this room and I've walked this floor
You see I used to live alone before I knew ya
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
But listen love, love is not some kind of victory march, no
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And I remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove she was moving too
And every single breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Now I've done my best, I know it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didnt come here to London just to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand right here before the Lord of song
With nothing, nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah