When Kari Carberry and her father attended a concert in Canada last week, they had no idea it would end with them going viral.
Kari, 19, and her father Darrin had bonded over their love of music. The two loved rock music, and their absolute favorite band was Three Days Grace. So, when Kari heard there would be a concert in Edmonton, Alberta, she immediately invited her dad to go. “He was the one who got me into the band,” she told CNN.
While Darrin is deaf, he wears a hearing aid that allows him partial hearing. But to ensure he got the full concert experience, Kari decided to help.
“It wasn’t really for anyone else, just so that he could enjoy it as much as I did,” she said, according to Tampa Bay Times citing CBC’s Radio Active.
Kari’s actions were spotted and recorded by fellow concertgoer Jules Maria who later posted the video to Facebook, where it quickly went viral. “At last night’s concert, we witnessed something absolutely beautiful,” wrote Jules.
“We saw this girl and a man who seemed to require a lot of dancing room, irritating at first until we realized what was happening.”
During the concert, Kari signed all the lyrics to her Dad.
“We couldn’t care less about what was happening on stage, watching them was absolutely mesmerizing,” wrote Jules. “They were both very sweet, and her father was very proud of his daughter.”
The short video uploaded last week has already been viewed 23 million times— ultimately catching the attention of the band themselves.
Three Days Grace shared the video on their Facebook page, writing: “This is the coolest thing on the internet right now!!! so sweet.”
Kari said the drummer of the band, Neil Sanderson, even reached out personally to tell her how amazing the video was. “I’ve received so many messages from across the world of people commenting on the video,” she said. “The responses have been overwhelming.”
Indeed, deaf people and music have been receiving more attention in recent years. A few years back, Amber Galloway Gallego went viral when she was filmed working as an American Sign Language interpreter at a rap concert. You can watch the video below— but be warned, the song contains vulgar language.
“I signed for everyone from Aerosmith, to Lynard Skynard, to Snoop Dogg. Country, R&B, grunge, you name it, I did it.”
Darrin hopes the video and its popularity will change the way people think about deaf people and music.
“To see something like this has probably made a lot of people think differently, think better about sign language, and what deaf people go through,” he said.
“Just because there’s a disability … doesn’t mean that he can’t enjoy music like the rest of us,” Kari added.
Since being uploaded last week, the heartwarming video has been viewed more than 23 million times. A few comments on the video read:
“Wonderful. What a special moment for them.”
“How awesome. Brought tears to my eyes.”
“How lovely her dad must be so proud and she really loves him. Well done, choked me up.”
Watch the heartwarming moment below!
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