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