“AGT” winner Darci Lynne shows off her vocal chops — without her puppets YouTube / Mariian Petal
YouTube / Mariian Petal

Darci Lynne Farmer may be best known as the remarkable, young ventriloquist who won Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent.” But, long before the 13-year-old viral video star ever incorporated puppets with names like Petunia and Edna Doorknocker into her act, she was gracing the stage all by herself.

In fact, prior to winning over America’s hearts on NBC’s popular television competition show last year, the Oklahoma-born sweetheart flaunted her amazing vocals on a delightful version of “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

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A video published to YouTube shows the young darling’s solo performance of the bluegrass tune, which was originally recorded by Bill Monroe in 1946. In this clip, Darci Lynne, who is dressed in a red long-sleeved dress and black leggings, looks so confident and poised as she begins to belt out the song lyrics a cappella. Heck, she even showcases a little bit of yodeling!

“Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining / Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue / I said blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining / Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue,” Darci Lynne howls, as a backup band waits to hear their cue.

After singing the first few words of the introduction, an audience member gleefully yells out, “Wow!” Then the musicians behind Darci Lynne pick up speed, and the rest of the performance is nothing short of an epic crowd-pleaser!

If you continue to watch the clip, you’ll also notice that the scene changes to an entire different performance at around the 3:20 mark. This time, Darci Lynne looks even younger as she showcases her vocals on the show tune “I Enjoy Being A Girl” from the 1958 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “Flower Drum Song.”

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The gifted girl gives quite the theatrical performance, while dressed up in an adorable pink and heavily frilled miniskirt, matching gloves and heels. She also sports white feathers in her hair, and dances across the stage as if she’d done it a million times!

At the very end of the video, there’s a short clip of the then 11-year-old auditioning for the role of Jane Banks in “Mary Poppins,” by confidently singing a song from the show with a British accent.

It’s no wonder why this talented teen won “America’s Got Talent.”

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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