Footage of a Chaldean Catholic priest singing at a Josh Groban concert has gone viral after he stunned the multi-platinum artist with an astonishing, impromptu rendition of To Where You Are.
Fr Patrick Setto, a longtime fan of Groban, was invited to the stage as the artist took song requests from the audience during a recent concert at Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada.
During the performance, which has amassed over 25,000 views on YouTube, Groban seemingly reaches out for the microphone jokingly as Fr Setto sings, unaware of the artist’s gesture. Groban then points to the sky as Fr Setto reaches the high note perfectly and leads a round of applause as the priest hands back the microphone.
“You just gave me a nice little break there, Patrick,” joked Groban, who only knew Fr Setto as Patrick and was unaware of his role as a priest.
“I love how you’re like showbiz already, you’re like ‘what’s you’re name? Oh, just Patrick’. I s**t you not Patrick, when I come back here in a year I’m going to be playing in the bar and I’m going to be seeing posters for ‘Patrick’ and I’ll go, ‘That son of a…’”
A fan can then be heard shouting something to Groban before the shocked singer blurts out: “You’re a Catholic priest?!”
An embarrassed Groban then holds his hand to his mouth before muttering: “My one curse word of the night had to be at a priest…at a priest!”
Admitting that he doesn’t know where to go from there, Groban thanks Fr Setto for his service and “beautiful voice”.
“It’s funny though, when priests are up there, there’s a showmanship to it too,” Groban said. “You’re in front of your flock and you can’t do a boring sermon, you have to grab them, you have to keep them there, I felt that energy from you tonight Patrick, I felt you grab that mic and never give it back,” he added, as the audience laughed.
Fr Setto, who is parochial vicar at Mother of God Church in Southfield, Michigan, and performs in a praise and worship band, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: “I’ve always thought his [Groban’s] personality is really down to the Earth. He’s a simple guy, he’s funny, he knows how to relate to people, and I think his music…has a spiritual message. Whether he intended that or not, the music has got an almost supernatural touch to it.”
Picture: Josh Groban performing at British Summer Time in Hyde Park, London. (Ian West/PA).