Long live Elvis!!
How could I pass up posting about this little girl singing an Elvis song? I saw it posted a couple of times on some of my friend’s Facebook pages, but it took me a while to actually watch the video. Once I did, I have at least seen it a dozen or so times. What a priceless video to have of your child.
It is also nice to know, since I’m an Elvis fan, that there are new generations who like Elvis too.
Here is one of the stories I found about Ella Mae singing Elvis’ song “An American Trilogy.”
By Eliza Murphy
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Aug 12, 2013 4:36 pm
Little Ella Mae Minjoe may only be 21-months-old, but she sure does have a set of pipes.
The tiny toddler gives Elvis a run for his money as she sings along to “An American Trilogy” while buckled into her car seat in the back of her dad’s car.
“We’re all pretty big Elvis fans around here,” Ella Mae’s father, Bill Minjoe, of Sterling Heights, Mich., told GoodMorningAmerica.com.
“She first got into that song when she was watching that video on YouTube with her grandma. One Sunday morning, I woke up and I heard that song going and she was really getting into the ‘glory hallelujah’ part, probably because she’s heard it in church before.”
Minjoe saw how much his little girl enjoyed nodding her head and closing her eyes while losing herself in the lyrics, so he started playing the song every day when he’d drop Ella Mae off at her grandparent’s house before work, and the result couldn’t be more precious.
“My wife was in the hospital for a month because she was a high risk pregnancy, so I was trying to catch this on film for her to get something to laugh at,” Minjoe explained.
The YouTube video has more than 1.3 million views since it was originally posted on July 7, putting Ella Mae in the running to be Elvis’ female counterpart as the “Queen of Rock and Roll.”
But even though she loves singing, as Ella Mae is also a big fan of The Beach Boys and The Beatles, the Minjoe’s are just enjoying her sweet, simple serenades for now, rather than signing her up for something more serious.
“We just got lucky here,” said Minjoe. “I’m not going to push her into that. As long as she’s comfortable doing it we’re totally behind her, but I don’t want to be stage dad. She’s just going to enjoy being a kid.”
Ella Mae’s video even made the Elvis Presley website.
July 17, 2013
Just when you thought Elvis fans could not get any more incredible, along came 20-month-old Ella Mae. Check out this new video (above) posted by her father, which shows her singing Elvis’ “American Trilogy.”
Around the 1:00 mark, the tiny Elvis fan begins her performance singing along to the king’s classic. Ella Mae, well-versed on her Elvis music, takes on the hit like a pro and even quotes some of Elvis’ speaking parts. Fans can also catch her leading the legendary orchestra moment at 4:24 with a full-on back-seat performance.
Way to go Ella Mae!
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