At the tender age of nine years old, Emi Sunshine from Madisonville, Tennessee is already on the path to being a famous artist. Her covers of popular country hits like “Jolene” and “Folsom Prison Blues” have gotten the attention of experts in music producing and music schools, and she’s well on her way to a professional music career. She’s appeared on the Today Show, and is a bonafide Youtube sensation.
This cover of the Johnny Cash classic, “Folsom Prison Blues” was recorded at an outdoor event and shows off her amazing ability on the ukulele, not to mention her incredible ability to draw a crowd. She’s performing with part of her band, Emi Sunshine and the Rain, which consists of her dad, her uncle and her brother. Listen closely and you’ll hear her growl and roar, but also take a break to show off her delicate picking skills, which would make you think that she’d been to a singing college, taken music courses, or had vocal training online. Believe it or not, she’s not been formally trained as a musician, but rather has been working with her family to master these amazing skills.
Her ease with music and her charisma draw a crowd, in person and in video. Her performance is never forced and she is a genuine artist in every sense of the word. She’s able to connect with the crowd while she sings and plays, and it’s difficult to take your eyes off of her. What’s most amazing about this video is that you can really tell how much she’s in the moment with the music that she’s playing, which is part of what draws you in. There’s little doubt that Johnny Cash himself is smiling down on this little girl, who’s pouring her heart into his song of pain and grit. Hopefully this little pint of soul will be producing music for a long time, and everyone who sees her is excited to see where she takes it.