School Janitor goes viral with heartfelt ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ cover.

Jeff Goldberg

When you meet someone for the first time, a common question you might ask is, “Where do you work?” The question implies that where a person works and their job title at work might tell you a lot about them. This may be partially true, but you definitely can’t tell everything about someone just based on their occupation.

Sometimes people are talented in ways that you can’t tell from a job description. For example, one janitor in Indiana is such an amazing singer that he even got a shout out from Steve Perry, the former lead singer of the band Journey.

Richard Goodall is 53 years old. He’s also lives in Terra Haute, Indiana, where he is a janitor at Davis Park Elementary School. He has worked for the Vigo County School Corporation for more than 20 years. He is happy with his life. He is happy to have everything he needs including food and shelter. He describes himself as “a regular person,” and he’s okay with that.

If you asked Goodall where he works, you would learn what we already told you, but you would not learn that he is also an amazing singer. Goodall has enjoyed singing for most of his life. He sang in his high school’s choir, and he has also sung in a gospel choir. His co-workers at school know that he has a good singing voice, so they ask him to sing every time there’s an opportunity. This last time, they caught him on camera.

During the school’s 5th grade graduation, part of the celebration included a talent show. At the end of the talent show, teachers at the school asked Goodall to sing. He knew this was coming, and he was prepared. He told FOX News Digital that he usually sings a song like “God Bless the USA,” but this time he decided he wanted to sing something to inspire the students to believe in themselves. He decided to sing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

While he was singing on stage, he saw one of his co-workers, a woman named Mariah Denehie holding a camera. Denehie works with special needs students at the school, but in this moment, she was focused on capturing her co-worker’s talent.

Denehie posted a video of Goodall singing “Don’t Stop Believin'” on TikTok. The next day, when she told Goodall what she had done, the post already had 107,000 views. A few days later, it was over 1 million views. Currently, the video has been viewed over 3 million times.

The post received so much attention that Perry saw it, commented on it and shared it on Instagram. Perry wrote, “I love this.” Not only is Perry a former lead singer of Journey, but he also co-wrote the song “Don’t Stop Believin.” 

You can watch Goodall’s amazing performance in the video below.