Today is the International Day of Peace -- unofficially known as World Peace Day. And we can't think of a better song to listen than John Lennon's "Imagine."
We also can't get enough of Magdalen Fossum.
Just 12-years-old, she has star quality and an old soul -- the perfect combination. This is a girl who emulates Woody Guthrie, not Miley Cyrus, with the voice and ukulele chops to turn old standards into infectious, contemporary songs.
The Ann Arbor, Mich., singer already has five years of performing experience under her belt (and a musical family to back her up: she started on stage at her parents' venue).
"She began singing at two, making up songs at four, playing piano informally at five, and by the time she picked up the ukulele and fiddle at age seven, she had begun to perform in cafes and open mics in the greater Lansing area," according to her Facebook page.
While we're loving that she looks back to the 1930s and '20s for musical inspiration, we're really floored by her cover of John Lennon's "Imagine."
She really has a flair for the older stuff, though. She's perfected this cover of the Boswell Sisters' "Heebie Jeebies," which she says in another video is one of her favorite songs:
"I like how they sound and the harmonies in them," she said in an interview about the older songs she's drawn to.
Fossum doesn't just rely on covers. She also composes her own tunes:
But one of our favorite things about the young crooner is that she's already showing she has a big heart. Magdalen is already scoring gigs at local folk festivals like Blissfest, Dunegrass Music Festival and Ann Arbor Summer Fest, but she also performed at the state Capitol Thursday to raise money for a Lansing homeless shelter, the Detroit Free Press reports. Though the crowd for her set at "Music with a Mission" was light, we're positively loving her spirit.
For even more Magdalen, check out this catchy rendition of old standard "Dinah," performed with The Appleseed Collective:
Click through the slideshow for more extremely talented kids:
Most five-year-olds finger-paint. Aelita Andre is about to have her second solo show as "the youngest professional painter in the world" at New York's Agora Gallery -- her first showing raked in up to $30,000 per painting. Andre is the daughter of two painters; at nine months old, she crawled onto her parents' canvasses and began to paint.
15-year-old Kuha'o has been blind since infancy, but he hasn't let his loss of vision deter him from his dreams. He is able to play any song on the piano after listening to it only once. In just two days, his instrumental version of the dubstep song "Cracks" by Freestylers racked up more than 60,000 views.
Six-year-old Ethan, who is on the autism spectrum, has an extraordinary talent for music. At just four, he began playing The Beatles' "I Will" by ear. Now, his cover of Billy Joel's "Piano Man" has gone viral, boasting more than 1.2 million views.
Piano teacher Judith Fairchild works with student Marissa Liu, 6, Thursday, May 17, 2012 in her Memphis, Tenn. home. Marissa just recently won the Grand Prix at The X Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition sponsored by the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas in Corpus Christi. She is apparently the youngest winner ever in the competition's history. Part of the prize is, Marissa, who can't reach the piano pedals, will be performing at Carnegie Hall in December. (AP Photo/Alan Spearman, The Commercial Appeal)
Jourdan Urbach rehearses at the Pierre Hotel prior to a ceremony where he will receive the nation's highest public service awards, the Jefferson Awards, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in New York. Urbach is a violin prodigy who has channeled his musical talents to raise more than $5 million for pediatric medical research around the globe, headlining benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other venues. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In November 2012, the 5-year-old Internet sensation from Hong Kong shut down the conspiracy theorists of YouTube with a live performance of the fast-paced Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov composition, "Flight Of The Bumblebee," on Ellen. There were a few big differences between this, Tsung Tsung's U.S. television debut, and the viral video from the fall that introduced us to the Hong Kong talent. Tsung was noticeably less smiley than he was when we first fell in love. In fact, he was almost deadly serious, clad in a snazzy white tux instead of his usual pajamas. Luckily all his dramatic moves were still there, including a new closer he whipped out in which he throws his hands up "like a gymnast after a golden Olympic performance."
Speaking of the earlier adorable video of little Tsung Tsung smiling away, here it is. The YouTube clip surfaced in September 2012 and quickly made its way to Reddit, where commenters so in awe of Tsung's lightning fast hands questioned the video's authenticity. You know where we stand on that though.
This summer, nine-year-old Kieron Williamson sold 24 paintings in 15 minutes for the very-adult price of $386,000. He began painting at the ripe old age of six, and has been unwaveringly supported by his doting mother who recently wrote a biography about the young painter, modestly titled "Kieron Willimason Coming to Light -- The Remarkable Story of A Child's Gift to Painting."
Eleven year old Ethan Bortnick has already performed with the likes of Beyonce and Elton John, and claimed a Guinness Book of World Record's title as the world's youngest solo musician to headline his own tour, which he first did at the age of 9. This summer, the piano phenomenon wrapped up another solo tour, on a 22-city sweep of America.
Seven-year-old Alma Deutscher may not be able to reach the pedals of her piano without a little help from a stack of books, but the young pianist, violinist and composer is the latest sensation in the classical world. In an NBC News video from this fall (seen to the left), the tiny talent is seen cooly composing a cello sonata and performing her own musical creations on both the piano and violin. Deutscher, a favorite of British actor Stephen Fry, wrote a short opera called "The Sweeper of Dreams" earlier this year, a feat that prompted comparisons to Mozart.
Try not to headbang along to this video of six-year-old Jaxon Smith drumming to the Foo Fighters' song Pretender. According to the video's description, the self-taught percussionist weighed just one pound when he was born in 2005. He's grown up to be quite a rocker, performing songs by Rush, The Who, Heart (yep, "Barracuda"), the Silversun Pickups, Tool, Rage Against the Machine and more. For more of Jackson's amazing drumming, head over to the profile of YouTube user U2RUSHFAN.
CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this article, the band accompanying Magdalen Fossum for a performance of "Dinah" was incorrectly identified as The Appleseed Cast. The band is The Appleseed Collective.