Armstrong sisters record Christmas Hallelujah

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer

Callahan and Cassandra Armstrong’s Christmas Hallelujah has reached over 250,000 views on YouTube.

The video was uploaded to Cassandra’s Star YouTube channel three weeks ago. The video was professionally recorded for them by MJ Interactive out of Emo.

Nikki Armstrong said her daughters and son have always sung it at Church for the last seven years.

“They’ve sung it at church services before,” Armstrong said. “I believe they sang it for the Salvation Army fundraiser five years ago. It was my favourite.”

The sisters had originally also recorded an Easter Hallelujah, which has made its round nationally and internationally, gathering millions of views along with a promising future for the sisters.

Armstrong said a Facebook page with 6 million likes called God Vine shared the Christmas Hallelujah video.

“That’s really exciting,” Armstrong said. “[Cassandra] was pretty thrilled about that.”

Armstrong said a charity concert out of the United Kingdom messaged them two weeks ago, asking if they could be guest singers for their charity Christmas concert. She said it is being pre-recorded and compiled for a livestream, due to COVID-19.

Armstrong said Hallelujah is a song her family and the whole world loves.

“It’s just familiar and comforting,” Armstrong said. “I love it because it tells the whole Christmas story, including each verse. And it’s for our family. My kids, including my son, Christian, have all sung it in the community for years, and it’s always one that people request. It’s the real meaning of the season. Hallelujah hits differently through COVID. It strikes an emotional chord, more than any other time before. Because we were all searching for comfort, hope and light.”

Callahan and Cassandra sang the Christmas Hallelujah at Rainycrest last week, and Armstrong said her daughters would love to sing at more places when COVID-19 restrictions allow it.

“We have had many churches reach out and ask for permission to use [the video],” Armstrong said.

At the end of February, Callahan and Cassandra are still set to perform at the Museum of the Bible Shroud of the Turin event in Washington D.C.

Sisters Cassandra and Callahan performed recently for residents at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home. Their recorded version of Christmas Hallelujah has recently gone viral on YouTube. – Submitted photo