Jason Castro’s performance of the Leonard Cohen classic, Hallelujah, at the Santa Barbara Film Festival is nothing short of outstanding. In fact, it is a distinctly inspirational vocal interpretation, one that signifies that, beneath Jason’s shy demeanor, lies a sensitive, yet sophisticated artistic soul.
Through this vocal performance, it was exciting to hear the advancement in Jason’s vocal development. His breathing skills and the roundness of his vowels have clearly improved and his nuanced approach to this song was a testament to the heightened progression of his dynamic range.
Additionally, ReReader, who is a a devoted MCL reader and contibutor, sent me a link to an article, explaining the filmakers’ reasons for choosing Jason’s performance of this song over the numerous covers by other artists.
It is a good read and precisely explains why Jason has distinguished himself as an artist. In his shy, unassuming way, he has fully managed to carve a distinct niche for himself and attract a pronounced, yet ever-evolving fanbase in the process.
Special thanks to the videographer, hmess88 for exquisitely capturing this remarkable performance by one Jason Castro. And another round of applause for ReReader and cj4jc for making me aware of this video.