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PLUCKY Melbourne teenager Emmanuel Kelly has always dreamed of becoming a professional recording artist.This inner spirit of determination and courage together with a beautiful voice and performance moved demanding judges and many...

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Emmanuel Kelly's Biography

PLUCKY Melbourne teenager Emmanuel Kelly has always dreamed of becoming a professional recording artist.


This inner spirit of determination and courage together with a beautiful voice and performance moved demanding judges and many of the 3000+ audience to tears and a standing ovation on The X Factor's opening night on 29th September 2011.

Emmanuel wowed judges Ronan Keating, Spice Girl Mel Brown, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastian with his heartfelt performance of the John Lennon classic Imagine. Ronan Keating said "I don't think I've ever been as moved as I was by that performance, ever!"
Emmanuel Kelly was born into a war zone and abandoned by his parents in Iraq.

Raised at an orphanage run by the Mother Theresa nuns before being rescued by Moira Kelly and brought to Australia for life changing surgery twelve years ago, Emmanuel has his eyes set on huge dreams. In his words: “You have to dream to achieve the greatest goals in life.”

Emmanuel Kelly has melted the hearts of millions around the world. Within days of his X Factor audition Emmanuel’s YouTube video received over 2 million views; within 6 months he generated an amazing 11 million hits and within a year he has grabbed and captured the hearts of over 30 million people. His Facebook page alone has over one million followers.

Emmanuel’s rendition of Imagine even touched Yoko Ono so much that she tweeted "Thank you, Emmanuel. You sang beautifully! Thank you. John would have been proud of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Love, Yoko".

Over the last year Emmanuel has released two singles, one dedicated to mothers called A Song For Edis, and Dream Big which is featured in the U.S movie Crooked Arrows, and will be released by Sony around the world. He has produced, recorded and written with U.S and Canadian writers, performed gigs around the United States, including at The MGM Grand, and has even auditioned for the hit program Glee.

There is nothing ‘ordinary’ about the extraordinary Emmanuel Kelly, neither his start in life nor growing up. However, Emmanuel says that his damaged limbs have not held him back and never will. He is not looking for sympathy. "I have actually been through nothing compared to some of the other kids I have met through Mum" he said.

Beyond his beautiful singing voice, Emmanuel Kelly embodies what’s good and pure and possible in a world where “Love conquers all.”

Emmanuel’s sheer passion for singing, for life, for ‘dreaming big’ in the face of huge obstacles is a much needed message for our troubled times. It is a message with mass appeal that transcends boarders, boundaries, countries, cultures and religions. In a world consumed with all too often insignificant worries or stress Emmanuel is an immediate wake-up call with the innate ability to touch, move and inspire young and old alike to their very core.

“I may not have the greatest voice or looks but I do have a passion and that is to sing and sing for the world. My dream is to make people smile through my music, and to show young kids that it is ok to strive for your dreams, because the main motto to live by is to dream big, work hard and right to achieve great.”