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Who needs reality singing competitions when we have the internet? All one has to do to find new, undiscovered talent is search social media. While there is no secret formula to creating a viral video, one thing is certain…few viral stars ever expected to go viral. They were simply sharing their talent with friends and family and the video got shared….once, twice, then hundreds of thousands of times.
Such was the case for Anna Beth Shults, Darby Cappillino, and Ellie Barnett, from Nashville, Tennessee. One evening, Ellie texted her mom a video of herself singing with two of her friends. The teens stood barefoot in front of a wall draped with an American flag and sang “The Star Spangled Banner.” Our guess is that this wasn’t the first time the girls had sang together as their rendition of national anthem went off without a hitch and their impressive harmonies melded together like only well-practiced vocalists could.
After viewing the video, Ellie’s mom decided to post it to Facebook. Within 24 hours it had 2 million views. And, just four days later it had already reached more than 15 million views and over 300,000 shares!
In the months since The Trio found internet fame, they’ve shared numerous covers including Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion.”
Their flawless medley of songs from the box office musical hit The Greatest Showman garnered nearly 10 million views and even caught the attention of the movie’s leading man, Hugh Jackman, who commended the talented girls with a post to Twitter.
The shout-out from Jackman helped boost The Trio’s already impressive social media following and gained them worldwide attention with shares from Ellen Nation, Daily Mail, and more.
Hear The Trio sing the rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that made them viral stars in the video below.
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