Singing is one of those talents that most folks believe people are born with. However, there’s research to suggest it’s not that simple. Musical talent is something a person can be more inclined to develop more easily than others due to inherent musical intelligence. However, virtually no one sings like Whitney Houston or Freddy Mercury without hours of practice.
We often think of talented singers without considering how hard they work at their craft. But, when it comes to developing this skill, the “10,000-hour rule” or an amount of time close to it applies just like with anything else you want to master.
This is why at just 5-years-of age, Sophie Fatu’s musical development is nothing short of incredible. Fatu once graced the stage of America’s Got Talent as the youngest contestant that season. It’s said that Simon Cowell’s little boy even had a crush on her. Many fans still remember her spirited rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” which brought down the house!
However, Sophie’s not the only one in her family with singing talent. Her mom, Vicky, is also a very talented singer and likely had a huge influence on her daughter’s development even when she was still in her womb. You can really hear the similarities in their voices as well as feel the love. between them as they sing Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s ‘Shallow’ from the hit movie “A Star is Born.” You can watch the video of their performance below.
The thing I really love about little Sophie is her daring. There’s just something so magical about children who haven’t learned to question themselves and just go for it every time. For this confident little one, there’s no note she’s not willing to take on, and with the support of her mom, Sophie clearly believes she can reach the stars.