Great State: How One Kingfisher Kid Managed 5 Million Youtube Views

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KINGFISHER, OKLAHOMA -- Emily Faith is a very busy 11-year-old.

On this afternoon she has a little homework to finish.

She needs to practice piano, work on her free throws in basketball, play a little guitar, and continue writing a song about her best friend.

Emily also has a stack of CD's and pictures to sign for her fans.

When she was five years old Emily begged her mom and dad to enter her into a singing contest.

Chad and Shelley Sanders thought she might be too shy.

"She went out there and just blew us away," says Chad. "She won."

That first national contest win and a shelf full of other trophies are proof that whatever shyness she might display offstage vanishes in the spotlight.

"Did you learn to like it," asks a visitor to her Kingfisher home, "Or was it something you discovered inside you?"

She shakes her head and says, "I've just always loved being on stage and performing."

A couple of years ago she wrote a song about bullying and produced a video.

She really likes the video stuff.

Emily and her crew have made dozens over the past few years, including a cover of Rihanna's song 'Stay'.

She dedicated her version to her grandmothers.

A radio station in Seattle, Washington picked it up and shared it.

Four days later that video had close to 5 million views.

Emily says, "I thought it was really cool that people were, you know, liking my video."

If there is a stage she's on it, a spotlight and she's in it.

Emily Faith wouldn't be the first kid to get famous from YouTube (think Justin Bieber), but she's on that path.

"I really love performing and I want to do it the rest of my life," says Faith.

Her free throw technique is still a work on progress.

Everything else in her life looks pretty good.

You can find out all you need to know about Emily by visiting http://www.emilyfaith.org
http://www.youtube.com/EmilyFaithMusic
or http://www.facebook.com/EmilyFaithFanPage

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