Gilly Assuncao stepped up to the mic at a Massachusetts grocery store, wowing customers and staff alike

By Lindsay Kimble
December 19, 2017 03:02 PM
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One grocery store employee has wowed fellow staffers and customers alike with the voice of an angel — just in time for the holidays.

Video of Gilly Assuncao performing live, opera renditions of Christmas classics at Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts, is making waves on the internet.

In the clip, shared to the market’s Facebook page, the 23-year-old Brazilian native sings “O Holy Night” among the store’s flower display while customers look on.

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Karen Russo, the daughter of the store’s owner, told ABC News that her father typically hires a singer to perform music live in the store over the holidays. Assuncao was helping the musical act hired this year to do a sound check on Friday when he began to sing himself.

“I hear this incredible operatic sound coming from the greenhouse,” Karen’s sister, Christina Russo, told ABC. “I kept walking closer and I thought it was definitely some kind of tape recording. Then I saw it was Gilly standing there with a microphone. I thought, ‘Oh he must be lip syncing.’ I thought this was a joke.”

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Continued Christina, “All this opera is wafting in and out of the store and I’m convinced this is all a big joke, but I proceeded to just have my mind blown. I could not believe this was happening.”

Naturally, Assuncao got the gig.

Assuncao was previously a professional singer in Brazil, he revealed to the outlet, though he had all but stopped performing since relocating to the U.S. two years ago. He dreams of studying music at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Now, the store’s owners hope he’ll get that chance.

Gushed the store on Facebook, “Gilly’s incredible performance during shopping today! Our employee’s talent brought tears to our eyes!”