Thanks to a Facebook video that was shared across the internet back in December, a grocery store worker will finally have the chance to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional musician.
Gilly Assuncao was asked to do a mic check for Russo’s grocery store in Boston, Massachusetts four months ago.
Assuncao, who used to work as a professional singer in his homeland of Brazil, sang a classic Christmas tune for the soundcheck – and his beautiful voice stunned everyone in the store.
The grocery store’s Facebook page uploaded a video of the song to social media where it has been viewed over 200,000 times.
“Gilly’s incredible performance during shopping today!” the store wrote in the caption. “Our employee’s talent brought tears to our eyes!”
Assuncao was interviewed by numerous news outlets about how he had always dreamed of being a professional musician in America, but he started working at Russo’s so he could go to school and study computers instead.
As Assuncao continued to make headlines, his video caught the eye of the prestigious Berklee College of Music. The school reached out to the grocery store worker and asked him to apply.
Earlier this week, Assuncao got his acceptance letter.
“My heart stopped, I didn’t know what to do,” he told WCVB about receiving the letter. “And then the first word was ‘congratulations,’ and I was so happy.”
Though Berklee’s four-year degree comes with a hefty price tag, Assuncao is determined to make it work. In addition to applying for grants and scholarships, his friend Gabriel Martin created a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of tuition.
“I feel that Gilly has been given a gift from God; his voice,” says Martin. “Something tells me that we will be hearing a lot from him. He was blessed with this talent to share with the rest of the world.”
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