Puerto Rican diva and her special needs daughter send Christmas message on Spanish "Aleluya."
Latin music fans must not have been good this year, considering the scant number of new Spanish-language Christmas songs that artists have given them in 2014.
So “Aleluya” for Olga Tañón, who’s delivered a Spanish-language adaption of Leonard Cohen’s emotional classic “Hallelujah” to YoTtube.
The Puerto Rican diva performed the song on Telemundo’s Christmas special. She was joined by a young choir featuring her teenage daughter, Gabriella, with whom she also recently recorded "Aleluyah."
Tañón sent a personal message of Christmas spirit by performing the song with her daughter. Gabriella is a special needs student whose challenges and triumphs have been reported by the Spanish-language press and by Tañón herself over the years.
“Gabriella is a girl in the Exceptional Student Education program who has been able to read and speak two languages when a lot of professionals told us it would be almost impossible,” Tañón wrote in Spanish on Facebook last year. “Today, although with a little difficulty, she realizes her dream of being able to sing songs from memory and with karaoke. Parents of special children, DON’T GIVE UP.”
Gabriella, the daughter of Tañón and pro baseball player Juan Gonzalez, was adopted after a custody battle by Tañón’s current husband, music producer Billy Denizard. Tañón has described her daughter as autistic, and said singing was the first way she learned to communicate.
“I’ve sung this song for many years in my home,” Tañón told journalists. “For the first time I’ve had the honor of recording it and what a better present to give thanks than that I’ve done it together with our beloved Gabriella…Even when we think that things are going badly, it doesn’t matter what situation we are in, there are always a lot of reasons to give thanks. And for that, Hallelujah.”