We have fallen in love with little Claire Ryann Crosby. The 5-year-old is poised, confident, talented, adorable and fearless. And, with the help of her daddy, she is sending us into the holidays with one of the most compelling performances of “O Holy Night” we’ve ever heard.
It isn’t compelling because it is the most perfect version ever. What makes it so compelling is that Claire delivers it with an innocence, sincerity and hope that only a child could do.
Before she starts to sing, Claire’s father explains that they have been working very hard on the song that is quite difficult with a vast range and jumping phrasing with long, sustained notes. And like any little one will do, Claire fidgets and pulls on her clothes until she hits her stride.
And when she does hit her stride, it’s pretty much magic.
While most adults perform the song by delivering big, booming glory notes, Claire is more tender and gentle, making those notes a different kind of glorious. But when she does hit the high one at the end? Yes, she nails it.
And then, in a real turn, after dad leans in and tells her what a good job she’s doing, the munchkin sings the second verse. That’s something we don’t hear very often.
We are longtime fans of Claire and the Crosbys. They caught our attention when video surfaced on YouTube of the then 4-year-old singing “You’ve Got A Friend” from “Toy Story” with her dad. That video has gone on to gain over 18 million views and it, along with many others before it, landed the father-daughter duo performances and appearances on local news shows, as well as “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and “The Voice.”
But beyond television appearances and overwhelming responses to viral videos, the Crosby family got even bigger news this year. In the summer, Claire’s mom and dad revealed that they are adding to their family, which also includes sweet son Carson. The Crosbys are expecting a second little girl next month.
For now, though, we’re pretty sure that Claire and Carson are focused on Christmas, and while that may have been the angelic vocalist’s final concert for the year, we’re pretty sure she be singing when Santa comes.