Russo's Market Singer Returns For Performance One Year After Viral Video

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Guilherme “Gillie” Assuncao, who's 23, at Russo's in Watertown (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Guilherme “Gillie” Assuncao, who's 23, at Russo's in Watertown (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

While working at the deli counter at Russo's Market in Watertown last December, 23-year old Guilherme "Gilly" Assuncao offered to do a sound-check for singers performing a holiday concert at the store.

When he stepped up the mic, Assuncao stunned his co-workers and patrons with his rendition of "Con Te Partiro" by Andrea Bocelli. Almost immediately, videos of his singing went viral.

From noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Assuncao will return to Russo's Market for a formal performance. But this time, he won't be wearing a uniform.

In September, Assuncao started as a student at Berklee College Of Music. He recently put out a Christmas album to help pay for his tuition.


Guilherme "Gilly" Assuncaostudent at Berklee College of Music. He tweets @GillyAssuncao

This article was originally published on November 30, 2018.

This segment aired on November 30, 2018.


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