It's fairly common for kids in school to sing Disney songs as part of their music programs. A South Florida music event recently incorporated Moana's "How Far I'll Go" and her mother taped the performance, only realizing after that her 4-year-old daughter had really caught the attention of everyone in the room, thanks to her over-the-top singing and dance moves. The video of the performance has now gone viral, and you can take a look, below.
The little girl, Sophia, seems to have spent a lot of time watching Moana, because she absolutely crushes out the lyrics to the song, which was sung by Auli'i Cravalho in the hit animated film. There are actually quite a few other children in the video that have a lot of energy and seem to have learned the popular song for the performance, but they are overshadowed by the adorable Sophia, who has learned to emote a lot. Her mom told WGNTV that she came out with a ton of "gusto" and it was only looking back that she saw how special the moment was for her kid.
And now it's a moment that has gone viral, garnering millions of hits on platforms like Facebook and YouTube.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the songwriter behind Moana's "How Far I'll Go" has even seen the video and seemingly been very impressed by it. The Hamilton composer took to Twitter to cheer on the performance, noting,
Sophia's mother, Michelle Neshin, also said that her daughter has always been pretty precocious, and Sophia already has an agent. She typically models and acts, but as the video shows, singing is apparently on the table, too. Now that she's caught the eye of the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda, perhaps we'll be seeing her elsewhere.
Moana's popularity as a sing-a-long shouldn't be underestimated. The movie, like its predecessor Frozen, enjoyed a sing-a-long run at the El Capitan theater back in January. The music has made a mark on a brand new generation of kids, again, just like Frozen did a few years ago. (And if you need any further proof of that, just check out these cute toddlers.) If you haven't caught the film, yet, it's available on Blu-ray and Digital now.
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