12-Year-Old Girl Stands in Empty Church & Sings 'How Great Thou Art' in Powerful Video


Meet 12-year-old Ansley Burns, a pint-sized package who packs a powerful vocal punch.

Ansley is from Easley, South Carolina, and is singing as often as she can in hopes of realizing her big-star musical dreams.

A recent video of Ansley has piqued the interest of viewers around the country after they heard her stand in an empty church singing the famous hymn, “How Great Thou Art.”

Church acoustics were in Ansley’s favor as her voice reverberated throughout the building. She stood on the wooden floor with a simple wooden cross behind her as she began to sing the familiar verses.

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By the time the hymn’s chorus rolled around, Ansley sang the beautiful with a loveliness and power that has left audiences thirsty for more.

For many girls her age, singing with control and accuracy is pretty hit-or-miss.

It takes time for musicians to develop the maturity of a seasoned vocalist, but Ansley’s lyrical phrasing is well beyond her years.

She manages to sing difficult passages with precision, an aspect of her singing that even megastar Carrie Underwood noticed.

Ansley’s fanbase received a considerable boost after Underwood publicly praised the young musician online.

Ansley had sung a cover of Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” in August, and the star took notice, reposting the video on social media.

“Ansley, this is amazing!” Underwood wrote. “Everybody keep your eyes out for this girl!”

Together with her parents, Ansley has been working toward developing her music career as a confident artist.

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Ansley has been actively participating in vocal competitions, helping her gain experience with stage presence and performance skills.

In 2017, she won Best Singer in the State in the youth division in her home state of South Carolina.

She may be small, but looks can be deceiving. She’s shooting for the stars, hoping to move on from small-town girl to big-time star someday.

“Just a small-town girl with big dreams,” Ansley’s Facebook page reads.

With a growing fanbase and the endorsement of Underwood herself, it seems Ansley is on the right track to discovering who she is as an artist and catapulting forward into the world of entertainment.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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