Behind the scenes of 11-year-old Utahn Lexi Walker's viral 'Let It Go' performance
Lexi Walker, 11, from Sandy, Utah, has captivated hundreds of thousands this past year with her performances at a Real Salt Lake soccer game, USANA's 2013 International Convention and the "We Are Hope" concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
But her most recent performance with artist Alex Boyé has garnered attention around the world, with video views reaching more than 18 million.
The young artist played the leading role of Elsa in Boyé's recent YouTube cover of "Let It Go," which was noteworthy in and of itself, but the Walker family's humble attitude has also impressed many.
"With six kids, we try and keep things normal for everyone by making sure that whatever comes up gets worked around doing things that really matter like family prayer, scripture study, eating together and, of course, laundry," Lexi's mother, Lisa Walker told the Deseret News.
When Lisa first began looking for a recording studio for Lexi a little more than a year ago, it wasn't to help Lexi pursue a solo career but to make her a member of the One Voice Children's Choir, which she now is.
"She told me, 'OK, how do I get my daughter in your choir?' And I said 'Why do you want your daughter to join a choir when she can already shine as a soloist all over the place?'" said Masa Fukuda, the director of One Voice Children's Choir. "I’ve worked with so many stage mothers that are all about promoting their daughters, and she said, 'No, no, no. I don’t want my daughter to be a diva."
And even with the success of Lexi's solo in Boyé's video, she has remained modest about her performance.
"I only saw the video one time right in the beginning before there were very many views," Lexi told the Deseret News. "It wasn’t until later that I heard it was going a little crazy. I’m really glad that people like it."
In addition to humility, the 11-year-old sensation also has an innate love for music.
"I have always, always loved to sing," Lexi said. "It is one of the best ways I know of to express how I’m feeling."
Growing up, Lexi never took vocal lessons, but she was always surrounded by music.
"Her Grandma Walker taught music in public school for 30 years and is quite renowned as a vocal teacher," Lisa Walker said. "Whenever Grandma was over or the kids would visit her, there was music that focused on breathing correctly, placement, etc. Music has just always been a part of our lives."
It wasn't until six months ago that Lexi began to work with her professional vocal coach, Tricia Swanson, who was amazed by Lexi's natural ability.
"She’s such a talented girl. She just came to me singing with this big beautiful voice. I’m like, ‘Holy cow. You’re only 11?’" Swanson said. "When I first heard her, I knew right away that she had this incredible talent. It’s a God-given talent. She was born with it."
Although she has only been working with Lexi for a short time, Swanson says the opportunity is an honor.
"I really enjoy teaching her because she has so much energy, and she’s so smart and catches on to pretty much everything that I teach her. She’s really just an amazing little girl," Swanson said.
Fukuda, the One Voice Children's Choir director, has also been impressed by Lexi's current talent and as well as her dreams for the future.
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