14-Year Old Steals Inaugural Ball Spotlight With Flawless Cover Of “I Hope You Dance”


Lexi Mae Walker, a 14-year-old YouTube star from Utah, took the stage at Friday night’s Liberty Ball following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The teen gave the performance of a lifetime when she delivered a stunning cover of Lee Ann Womack‘s hit “I Hope You Dance” for Vice-President Mike Pence’s first dance. 

Prior to her date at the inaugural celebration, Walker told the Deseret News that she was really excited about the opportunity. 

“It’s really big, and it’s really cool, because it’s my first ball,” the teenager said. “I think I’m going to have a major Cinderella complex. It’s pretty exciting.”

Walker became an internet sensation when she was only 11 years old and appeared in Alex Boyé’s reinterpretation of “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen. Walker sang the main part of the song and appeared as Elsa in the music video. This version of the song has been viewed more than 84 million times on YouTube.

Since rising to internet stardom, Walker has performed the Disney tune on Good Morning America, the Queen Latifah Show, and at the Frozen Christmas Celebration Parade at Disney World. She, and her choir, competed on America’s Got Talent during its 9th season and made it to the quarter finals. 

Walker’s latest work was a three-song EP called Wishes and Dreams, which features three more covers, two of which are Disney songs: “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “The Power of the Dream.”

Watch Lexi Walker’s moving performance of “I Hope You Dance” in the video below.  

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