At the tender age of six, talented musician David Doring could already play the violin. This native of Kazakhstan was a mere 12 years old when he first listed to Edward Simoni and quickly became addicted to playing the pan flute.
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!