When a server suddenly blocked a door and opened his mouth, the words that came out gave everyone chills. It’s a good thing that someone secretly recorded this.
Dontarius Jamel Young was struck by the urge to do something big during his otherwise mundane shift at the Oak Park Chick-fil-A restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas, the Kansas City Star reported. He worked as a team leader at the location, serving customers delicious chicken from America’s favorite fast-food restaurant, but he wanted to give them something more, so he decided to interrupt everyone’s meal, but surprisingly, no one was going to be upset about it.
When Dontarius stood at the door, deciding to pay tribute in his very own, unique way to people who he thought deserved it, customers were stunned and caught off guard, but they would soon relax, peacefully enjoying a performance that was totally unexpected. Luckily for us, at least one patron had the mental clarity during the brief confusion to know to record the incident, and we are so glad that they did.
As Dontarius stood in front of all the customers in the store, he began to sing, serving up something even better than Chick-fil-A’s famous chicken. But, this wasn’t just any man belting out a melody — as customers quickly found out, Dontarius Jamel Young had skill. In fact, he possessed such a powerful voice that when the clip of him singing was posted online, it went viral in no time.
He couldn’t have chosen a better, more unifying song to sing. The words of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A” slipped from Dontarius Jamel Young’s lips with ease during his rendition of the timeless American classic, as he made the exit area his stage and captivated his audience in more ways than one. It was a sight — and sound — to behold for sure.
Standing where the entire restaurant could see and hear him very clearly, Dontarius wowed them. For a few brief moments, the awestruck guests of Chick-fil-A forgot all about their food, watching in wonder as the man sang a song most Americans can relate to.
The touching moment then resulted in not only patrons in the restaurant breaking out in uncontrollable applause, but countless people across the internet singing Dontarius’ praises as well after a young woman named Frances West posted the video of Mr. Young’s performance on social media, where it immediately went viral.
The incredible singer was left humbled by the reaction, prompting a response after the video had been seen over a million times. “Wow! I am truly overwhelmed! I have always been very patriotic and have always loved to sing! The fact that God’s favor is being shown to me and in such an apparent way literally leaves me speechless! 1,000,000 views!” he wrote on Facebook.
Further expressing his appreciation, Dontarius continued, “Thank you all so much! I’m so excited to see what is in store and I am very grateful to have been blessed with so many beautiful and loving people in my life! It’s only up from here, I still believe!!! #godblesstheusa #onemillionviews.”
As it turns out, the performance, which was a huge success, to say the least, wasn’t Dontarius’ first nor will it be his last. Having broken out in song on at least two previous occasions with positive feedback then as well, Chick-fil-A has decided to schedule Mr. Young to sing during upcoming special occasions and holidays.
In just two short days after being posted, the video garnered over 5 million views on Facebook and showed no signs of stopping there. But, it’s no wonder this video has gone viral. With such a magical voice and such a magical moment caught on camera, it’s easy for viewers to realize that Dontarius Jamel Young’s amazing voice is one that should be heard far and wide.