The Biggest Singing Sensation... of 2030!
So, everyone likes "Frozen," especially the delightful songs. The soundtrack hit the top of the Billboard charts, the first Disney soundtrack to do that since 1995’s “Pocahontas.” I realized I didn't have any songs from the film on this site, so this post fills that gap.
Nine-year-old Canadian Annelise Forbes is very inspired by the song "Let It Go" from the film. It is sung in "Frozen" by Broadway star Idina Menzel, who may get a chance to sing it on Broadway herself according to Disney plans to adapt the film for the stage. It is not an easy song, requiring a bit of a range, emotion and the ability to really fill a room.
Now, I am taking a bit of a chance posting this, because people are going to think I'm making fun of a little girl. I'm not. She's actually very good! I mean, she's nine years old. But she can belt it out! And she's an adorable little thing.
“She’s been singing since she could talk,” Tamara Forbes, her mother, said at the family’s home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. “She sings around the house constantly, even when we’re trying to get ready for school.”
“Of course, every parent thinks their child is special,” she said. “But it’s very emotional to see others share that thought with you about your child.”
Annelise is special. That said, I'm not going to lie. I do find her adult phrasing a bit weird in a little girl, and it does make me chuckle a bit at times. I realize you won't like me for saying that, on this site I just say what I think and let the chips fall. But she really is talented! And this gives her just a sliver more of exposure, so that's not bad, right? This unexpectedly has become one of my more popular pages, a tribute to Annelise and her raw, inspiring talent.
Not being a real music critic other than in the context of animated films, I will refrain from much further commentary about Annelise's vocal skills. I must say, as a layman, that I am very impressed by her range (she needs to work a bit on the low end - but she's nine years old!), her precise enunciation (which always was Julie Andrews' most under-appreciated trump card), her timing, her ability to attack the notes directly without scalloping or any other lazy vocal tricks, and her sense of fun and drama. She seems to inhabit the song, which is a great talent for anyone of any age. Annelise will go far if she pursues this singing thing through to the end, I think.
Anyway, hope you enjoy it. She's become a big youtube sensation over this. And you know where that can lead... Justin Bieber!
If you're looking for an amusing version of "Love is an Open Door" from "Frozen," look here. We don't want to slight any of the songs!
For comparison, or if you can only abide a heavily produced version sung by one of the top singers of our time, Idina Menzel, below is the version from "Frozen" itself. You can also enjoy the awesome animation from the film in this clip.