10-Year-Old Belts Out “Rise Up” By Andra Day
Meet Sophie Fatu! She’s a beauty with green eyes and dark curls, looking incredibly natural and relaxed as she sits and sings with her earpieces in place and the microphone at the ready. And, even though she is only 10, she’s been performing for a long time.
Sophie’s mother, Victoria Fatu, is an award-winning concert pianist and singer. On a related note, do you even realize, prior to the camera panning down at 25 seconds, that Miss Sophie is playing the piano as she sings? It’s hard to imagine her doing anything other than creating her beautiful vocals, but she appears to be playing the piano, too!
Actually, it’s a bit of video trickery. Sophie does play the piano for this song, but when we see her up close, the piano is sitting perpendicular to her, and when we see her playing from the side, there is no mic. In any case, this girl is multi-talented. In addition to being a singer and pianist like her mother, Sophie is an actor and model.
With Frank Sinatra as a favorite, Sophie started her musical journey while still a preschooler. In the last several years, she has appeared in numerous television talent and talk shows, as well as the sitcom Will & Grace in 2020. In 2022, she made her big screen debut in the movie Last Looks with Charlie Hunnam and Mel Gibson. And she’s modeled for brands like Kardashian Kids, among others.
With an abundance of talents and gifts, Sophie is sure to go far. But, it’s how she hits the high notes starting at 2:10 and manages the low ones between 2:35 and 2:45, and powerfully renders the lines “we will rise” three times immediately after—those moments demonstrate this little lady’s true star potential!
Dressed in a yellow and white checked dress with flowers across the yellow waistband, Sophie looks like the young girl she is even though her voice doesn’t seem to match. In the final seconds of the video, we see the two together. Sophie lands the final hum-note, looks up, smiles, and blows us all a sweet kiss with her child’s hand!
Sophie, like her beautiful voice, is precious! And, undoubtedly, she’s going nowhere but up!
“for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29
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