No, this isn't some kind of trick (at least as far as we can tell). That really is a young girl belting out Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel No. 6" with a voice that sounds much older than her 9 years.
The little girl with the big voice is EmiSunshine, and she can do more than just sing. She plays ukulele, banjolele, mandolin, kazoo and even some piano -- and if that's not enough talent packed into a very small package, she's also a songwriter.
In one tune, “Black Sunday ’35," EmiSunshine writes about the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
"I didn’t have anything to do with that song except playing on it," her dad Randall Hamilton (seen behind her playing bass in the video above) told The Daily Times earlier this year. "That melody, I think that’s her main gift in songwriting: to come up with these crazy-cool melodies that work with very simple chord progressions. It sounds like avant garde jazz, like there’s more chords and it’s more complicated than it really is.”
EmiSunshine released a disc of 18 songs earlier this year, and wrote or co-wrote 16 of them.
“When I come up with a melody, I just put some chords together, and it turns into a song,” EmiSunshine told the Daily Times.
But that doesn't mean she can't put her own spin on a few classics. Along with "Blue Yodel No. 6," EmiSunshine also performs Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," and her Facebook page features a few gospel tunes such as "Amazing Grace" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken."
The Tennessee girl counts Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and the Dixie Chicks among her influences. For more information about this up-and-comer, check out EmiSunshine's YouTube page.
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