Whenever country music stars go out on new tours, they end up creating lasting memories with their fans. And, it’s no surprise that Miranda Lambert, who recently launched her “Livin’ Like Hippies Tour,” has already done just that.
During a recent show at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, Miranda invited brave little fan Baylee Alford up to the stage to help her finish out a performance of “All Kinds of Kinds.”
Fans can see the special moment between the country superstar and the adorable girl in action in this YouTube clip, posted by Baylee’s mother, Amber.
As you can see in the video, the band plays the melody of Miranda’s tune, while the Texas-born songstress makes her way toward Baylee, who is hanging out with her mama in the front row. Miranda then picks up the child and brings her over to center stage. Fans cheer wildly as the two begin to wave their hands back and forth. But, it’s at the end of the song when the sweetest moment happens. On the final note, Miranda bends down to match the height of sweet Baylee and gives her the biggest hug ever.
“I cried the entire performance. When I say cried, I mean ugly face, scrunched nose, elephant tears, the works,” Baylee’s mother told Rare Country of her child’s onstage moment with the country superstar. “Miranda slung her onto her hip like she was her own child, and Baylee seemed completely at ease with her. When she got back to me she said, ‘That was so much fun!’ She was beaming the whole time!”
Interestingly enough, this isn’t Baylee’s first time onstage with a big-time country act. She previously joined Jason Aldean for a performance of his 2010 smash hit, “Dirt Road Anthem.” But, even though the youngster has stood in front of thousands of concertgoers with some of her favorite stars, she and her mom know how important these moments are, as the little girl almost lost her life.
You see, in late 2016 Baylee was riding on a lawn mower with her mom, and fell off. She lost her right arm from her elbow down and has since been recovering. Despite her accident, Amber is so proud of her daughter’s inner strength.
“She doesn’t let her physical difference bother her,” Amber told us of Baylee. “We have ingrained in her that she is not any different than anyone else and she can do whatever she puts her heart and mind to. She also started doing pageants this past year. So since she has been in front of over 20,000 people on a stage, I think it has helped with her stage presence and confidence. We will most likely see ‘her boys’ as we refer to Florida Georgia Line’s Brian and Tyler, Brantley Gilbert, Jason Aldean, Chris Lane, Dan + Shay, and now ‘her girl’ Miranda Lambert every year from here on out.”
We just love how much these stars have impacted Baylee’s life!
Miranda’s “Livin’ Like Hippies Tour” currently goes until March 24 and features opener Jon Pardi, as well as Brent Cobb, Turnpike Troubadours, Lucie Silvas, the Steel Woods, Sunny Sweeney, Ashley McBryde and Charlie Worsham for select dates. Fans can visit Mirandalambert.com for more information on tour listings.