Tiffany Ruan of Witchita, Kansas, is being encouraged to pursue a career in music after a video of her singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” into a well went viral.


Ruan, a junior in high school, recently went on a trip with her school choir to Italy where she and her classmates found a well. Ruan, upon noticing the incredible echo it provided, began singing into the well.

“Somebody started singing into it, and the next thing you know, there was a lot of people singing into it,” said Matt Webber, the group’s vocal coach. “Then we heard Tiffany singing into it. And that was a special moment.”

The moment was caught on video, which Ruan tweeted on March 27. It has since gone viral, and as of this writing, the tweet has been liked more than 312,000 times, shared over 130,000 times, and the YouTube video has garnered nearly 1.8 million views.

“Found a well in Italy with a nice echo,” said her original tweet, simply. “Missing this trip already.”

Ruan says her biggest passion has always been music, “ever since I was little.” She is classically trained in piano and violin, but has taught herself to play the guitar and ukulele. With all the attention and praise her video has gotten her, she may just decide to pursue a music career.

“I thought I was never going to get an opportunity,” Ruan said, who posts covers and originals as Tiffany Day on her YouTube channel. “A week before I posted that video, I had made up my mind. I told myself I’m going to go for the more realistic, the more stable route, and just pursue like engineering or something. Now that this video has kind of gotten big and I’ve been presented with all these opportunities, I think my mindset has changed and I’d really love to pursue music professionally.”

She has since posted a full video of herself singing a cover of “Hallelujah,” happily captioned, “Here it is !!!!”

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