Indiana school janitor wows internet with ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ performance, praised by Journey singer

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concierge in Indiana Elementary School He went viral for his touching performance of Journey’s hit song “Don’t Stop Believin” – and recently caught the attention of Steve Perry himself, the band’s original lead singer and co-writer of the song.

Richard Goodall, 53, of Terre Haute, Indiana, does guard work for Davis Park Elementary School.

He has worked for the Vigo County School Foundation for more than 20 years.

At the end of the school year, staff and students were celebrating the fifth grade graduation with a talent show.

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At the conclusion of the program, the teachers asked Goodall to step up to the microphone to sing—a moment that, unbeknownst to Goodall, would end up spreading joy online.

Richard Goodall, 53, of Terre Haute, Indiana, works as a janitor at Davis Park Elementary School.

Richard Goodall, 53, of Terre Haute, Indiana, works as a janitor at Davis Park Elementary School.
(Richard Goodall)

“It was all organic,” Goodall, who is also a father, told Fox News Digital.

“I delivered Do not stop Believin And I just started singing and that’s what it was.”

The teachers at Davis Park know Goodall’s talent – so they ask him to sing almost every year.

“It’s just a road trip I’m not used to.”

Usually, he makes a song like Lee Greenwood God Bless the United States.

But this year, he chose 1981’s “Don’t Stop Believing” on a journey kids inspiration.

Goodale received a standing ovation and a standing ovation from staff and students after singing the cover of Journey

Goodall received standing ovations and standing ovations from staff and students after he sang a cover of Don’t Stop Believing.
(Maria Dennehy via Storyful)

“I just wanted them to stop believing and thinking that they could do whatever they wanted,” Goodall said.

Widespread: “I’ve never had this kind of response”

Goodall said Maria Dennehy, a woman who works with a special needs Davis Park student, posted a video of Goodall’s performance on Tik Tok.

While he was singing, he saw Goodall Dennehy and her phone pointing at him, so he knew she was either taking pictures or a video.

Goodall went viral after a video clip of him sings the hit song Journey

Goodall went viral after posting a video of him singing Journey’s hit song “Don’t Stop Believin” on TikTok. The video has been viewed more than 3 million times.
(Richard Goodall)

The next day, while Goodall was cleaning and waxing the school floors, Dennehy told Goodall that she had posted a video of him on TikTok.

At the time, the footage had 107,000 views.

Goodall even caught the attention of Steve Perry, the former lead singer of Journey and co-writer of

Goodall even caught the eye of Steve Perry, the former lead singer of Journey and co-writer of “Don’t Stop Believin.”
(Fox News Digital/Tik Tok)

“I look at it like, ‘Well, is that okay?'” Goodall recalls. ”

She says, ‘I’ve never had that number before.’

“By the end of the week, it was up to a million,” Goodall added.

As of this week, the video has been viewed more than 3 million times.

“I just wanted them [the students] So that they don’t stop believing and thinking that they can do whatever they want.”

Goodall had no evidence that it would go viral.

“I’ve never had that kind of response,” Goodall said.

“I don’t know what to think of all this.”

Former lead singer Steve Perry commented on Goodall's performance video and wrote,

Former lead singer Steve Perry commented on a video of Goodall’s performance and wrote, “Love this.”
(Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Capture the clip Eyes and Ears Steve Perrythe former lead singer of Journey who helped write the song “Don’t Stop Believin”.

Perry responded to the video on Twitter on June 29, saying, “Love this.”

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Perry also made the same comment on TikTok, where Goodall reposted the clip to his profile.

Goodall usually chooses to sing to me Greenwood

Goodall usually chooses to sing “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood at a school talent show, but this year he chose to perform Journey in order to inspire children through the song’s message.
(Maria Dennehy via Storyful)

Goodall replied, “I love your music, sir!!! Thank you for your comment that means a lot to me!!! Thank you.”

He sang in his high school choir

Goodall has been singing for most of his life.

He sang in his high school choir.

Recently, he sang in a gospel choir for eight years until it closed during that coronavirus pandemic.

Goodall said that what he loves most about singing is that it gives something to others.

Goodall said,

“I love for people to smile and have fun and forget their problems for three minutes and 30 seconds — no matter how long the song is,” Goodall said.
(Richard Goodall)

“I love for people to smile and have fun and forget their problems for three minutes and 30 seconds — no matter how long the song is,” Goodall said.

After it went viral, Goodall took a virtual test for TV show “The Voice”.

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On the show, Goodall sang “Don’t Stop Believing” again – but was turned down.

“I’m just a normal person… I’m happy. I’m so grateful I have food in my stomach and a roof over my head and that I feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer.”

He said he’s not sure if he’ll audition for other performances.

Compare his viral fame to a roller coaster.

Richard Goodall went viral for his singing of Journey

Richard Goodall went viral for his singing of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” — and caught the attention of Journey singer Steve Perry.
(Richard Goodall/Getty Images)

“When you first start out, you hear that rumble, and then you hear clatter, rumble, rumble — and then it starts going up. It feels like I’m going up and I’m not sure what’s going to happen next. It’s just a wild ride that I wasn’t used to.”

Until something else comes up, Goodall continues to work as a doorman at Davis Park.

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“I’m just a regular person,” Goodall said.

“I am happy,” he added. “I am so grateful that I have food in my stomach and a roof over my head and that I feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer.”