Janitor With Golden Voice Goes Viral With “Don't Stop Believin'” Performance During Assembly

Janitor With Golden Voice Goes Viral With “Don't Stop Believin'” Performance During Assembly

Davis Park Elementary students got a special treat when their school janitor, with his golden voice, went viral after performing “Don’t Stop Believin’” during a recent assembly! That’s a cool story for graduating 5th-graders to share with Grandpa and Grandma!

Meet 53-year-old Richard Goodall. Richard has worked for the Vigo County School Corporation of Terre Haute, Indiana, for over twenty years. But before Richard was working anywhere, he was a teenager listening to groups like Journey in his bedroom. He says that’s how he started singing—wailing away with the bands of his youth.  

Richard refers to the kids at Davis Park Elementary as his students. Isn’t that awesome! He understands that educating and being a role model for today’s kids isn’t just the job of the building teachers and administrators!

So, he puts thought into choosing the songs he sings for school activities and events. That’s right, this was not Richard’s first school performance!

Students know Richard as the man who keeps their facilities clean and sparkling, but they also know him as one outstanding singer! Richard has never had any formal vocal training, but he does an amazing job—without any accompaniment to boot! 

Richard is a humble man who uses his gifts, demonstrating to the children that everyone has talents that should be shared for the benefit of others.

The girls and boys at Davis definitely enjoy Richard’s singing. They have hands held high, as if at a kiddie rock concert, as Richard channels Steve Perry, and they scream and jump in adoration when he finishes the number! They are true fans! 

Richard had a small social media following prior to this performance, but he gained many more after his co-worker Mariah Denehie posted his song on TikTok. It has been viewed more than 10,000,000 times, even catching the attention of Steve Perry! 

The singing sanitation man selected “Don’t Stop Believin’” to encourage his students to always follow their dreams. Alas, it might just be Mr. Goodall who has more dreams to fulfill. We’ll be watching! Rock on, Richard!    

“Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave.” Exodus 18:20

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