Growing up is an exciting time in any young person’s life – especially when all you have to worry about is spending time with family, friends, playing sports and going to school. It can prove to be especially fun when parents give you the OK to have friends come over for a sleepover.
So when one little girl was told she could invite her four best friends over to her house for a sleepover she was over the moon excited. The young girls best friends are dancers just like her so in anticipation for everyone coming over the young girl and her mom planned a few different activities to stay busy.
The first thing they planned was to have matching outfits. All the girls were going to rock the same pajamas for a fun girls night theme. Each girl wears an adorable matching pink pajama set. But the fun doesn’t stop there.
Like any girls sleepover, next on the night’s activities is making sure everyone has the same hairstyle. Each girl dons beautiful matching braids as the girls hang out and bond together. But for the final activity of the night the girls decide they want to choreograph their own dance while mom records them.
After spending a good chunk of time practicing their routine the girls are finally ready to perform it. Finding a perfect open spot in the house the five girls start out side by side with one leg extended out. These girls are all used to dancing, but their specialty is doing the Irish jig.
As mom gives them the ok to start the girls break out in a mesmerizing and fun performance of the Irish jig. The song “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon begins to play and the girls give the pop song a fun twist with their Irish step.
Each girl begins kicking out their legs in unison. Their performance is so much fun to watch as they incorporate splits, high fives, and blow kisses at each other.
Watch the fun routine for yourself in the video below.
No one was available to teach him how to play this unique instrument, so he set out to teach himself. Today, he is one of the top pan flute musicians in the world.
In the video below, David stands on a blanket of snow with tufts of green grass sticking out. Behind him is an absolutely stunning background of snow-capped mountains and puffy white clouds.
He begins to play “The Holy City,” on his pan flute. Not only does the song sound amazingly impressive, but the echo effort is stunningly incredible.
The lyrics are exquisite, too. They describe The Holy City as it once was long ago.
“Last night I lay a-sleeping there came a dream so fair. I stood in old Jerusalem beside the temple there. I heard the children singing, and ever as they sang, methought the voice of angels from heaven in answer rang. Methought the voice of angels from heaven in answer rang. Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Lift up your gates and sing, Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna to your King!”
David’s pan flute is comprised of tubes typically made of bamboo or reeds. It’s most commonly used to play folk music.
This song, though isn’t a piece of folk music. It’s a religious Victorian ballad dating back to 1892.
It was officially recorded in the African Methodist Episcopal Church Review in 1911. It supposedly was sung by an opera singer awaiting trial for fraud in his cell.
Hear how beautiful David’s version of this song is as played on his pan flute. It’s hauntingly stirring!
Just after hitting the double-digits, Anna Christine was able to accomplish something few elderly musicians can say they’ve done in their lifetimes. She auditioned on America’s Got Talent for millions of viewers at home – and she totally knocked it out of the park.
Her powerful voice boomed across the theater leaving the judges in total shock. How could such a fined-tuned sound come from someone who can’t even stay at home alone?
From the time Anna Christine was five years old, everyone in her family knew she was meant to be a superstar. She was singing all the time, copying her favorite soundtracks and belting to the words to jingles she heard on television. By the time she hit eight, Anna Christine’s mother was confident she had the skills to try a career in music seriously.
That’s why Mom allowed her daughter to follow her passion unrestricted and was more than proud when she asked to try out for America’s Got Talent. When the AGT camera crew asked if she was nervous on the day of her audition, Anna Christine said she didn’t have to be as long as Mom was by her side.
“She’s always been there, and she always will be, and I don’t have to worry about anything as long as I’m with her.”
Even with such a supportive force there, it was impossible for Anna Christine to ignore the gurgle of nerves churning in her stomach. All of her hard work and dedication led to this point – she couldn’t ruin it all now by allowing anxiousness to take over. She shook it off, gave host Nick Cannon a big grin and walked onstage to confront the judges.
After joking with Howard Stern for a moment and introducing herself, it was finally time to start singing “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals. She closed out the countless eyes staring back at her from excited audience members and got to work.
Sure enough, every note was on point and her keyboard skills were breathtaking.
Typical preteens aren’t able to perform as Anna Christine did – and the judges knew it. They immediately passed her through to the semi-final round where she competed valiantly before being sent home. Even though she didn’t win the top prize, she’s still pursuing music now and doesn’t seem to have any plans to stop!
Listen to Anna Christine’s impressive rendition of “House of the Rising Sun” below. She’s so talented for such a young lady!