01/08/2014 03:35 pm ET Updated Dec 28, 2014

12-Year-Old Singing And Playing Her First Original Song Will Blow You Away (VIDEO)

Portland resident Nora Burkhartsmeier may only be 12-years-old, but she's already honed her singing and songwriting skills with the help of voice teacher Moorea Masa. Listen to her extremely impressive -- and very first -- original recorded piece, "Remember," in the video above.

The seventh grader comes from a musical family and has been playing classical piano since the ripe old age of six. In an email, Nora told The Huffington Post that the lyrics for the song were inspired by a changing friendship.

"'Remember' kind of came up when a really close friend of mine announced that she was moving. She was really excited about it, and it kind of stung that she could just get up and walk away that easily," Nora said.

Nora's favorite singer is Sara Bareilles, but her style is influenced by a range of musicians. She listens to anything from Alicia Keys to Joni Mitchell to Duke Ellington, and appreciates artists who are "raw and genuine."

"I would love to sing and play piano as a career, but it is SO hard to make a living doing just that," she said. "Music is the thing that brings me the most joy, and even if it means I'll have to sacrifice a few luxuries, it will be worth it in the end because I'll be doing something that I love to do."



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