A 7-year-old Ukrainian girl whose harrowing performance of ‘Let It Go’ in a bomb shelter went viral earlier this month sang Ukraine’s national anthem in front of thousands at a charity concert on Sunday in Poland, where she is now a refugee.
Amelia Anisovych first made her international singing mark amid a group of family members and neighbors on March 6, bringing light to a damp cement shelter, apparently in Kyiv, as she sang the inspirational lyrics to the song from the hit Disney movie “Frozen”.
“Freed freed. I am one with the wind and the sky. Let it go, let it go, you’ll never see me cry. I stand here and stay here. Let the storm pass,” she sang in her mother tongue.
The performance was so touching it caught the eye of Broadway star Idina Menzel, who sang the song from the 2013 Disney film. She tweeted: “We see you. We really, really see you.
Amelia’s performance in a bomb shelter won a round of grateful applause, millions of Twitter views and an invitation to the charity concert.
On Sunday, she wore a traditional Ukrainian embroidered dress as she sang her country’s national anthem in Poland at the Atlas Arena in Lodz. The “Together with Ukraine” event raised more than $380,000, CBS News reported, to support Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), which provides aid to victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine.
Amelia is now in Poland with her grandmother and brother, but her parents are still in Ukraine.
Anisovych’s poignant song about bomb shelters also caught the eye of Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who co-wrote the music for “Let It Go.”
“Dear little girl with a beautiful voice,” Anderson-Lopez tweeted, “My husband and I wrote this song as part of a story about healing a family in pain. The way you sing it is like a magic trick that spreads light in your heart and heals all who hear it. Keep singing! We’re listening!”
“I practice singing every day in the morning, afternoon and evening. I repeat, and that’s why it went so well,” she told the BBC. “It’s always been my dream to sing.”
But she also added: “I would be happy to be with my mum and dad in Kyiv, of course.”