Video shows brave mom stepping out in front of a crowd to help daughter overcome stage fright

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 24, 2018
03:56 A.M.
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Shaye Washington is a mother who clearly loves and supports her child. She attended her talent show where her daughter would be singing.


The little girl took to the stage and seemed quite nervous as she started singing. As the song played, the girl suddenly stopped and seemed to give up until her mother came to her rescue reported Inspire More.

Rhonda Whitney of Colorado Springs, Colorado, attended her daughter’s talent show where she saw a little girl go through stage fright. Whitney was filming the talent show when the girl took the stage to sing her song.

From the start, it was evident that the little girl was wracked with nerves. She braved the crowd and started singing while swinging a bit to try and shake the nerves away.


About a minute into the song, though, she started to really falter and pause. She completely gave up trying to fight the stage fright when she put out her hands in an ‘oh well’ gesture.

The girl stood on the stage in silence as the song continued to play. She even turned at some point to look backstage in a defeated manner.



‘To the mom and daughter in this video: thank you for showing us all something so beautiful, and inspirational. In my eyes you won the talent show.’

Rhonda Whitney, Inspire More, April 17, 2018

Just when it seemed that the girl would stand there in awkwardness until the end, another voice was heard loud and clear off-stage. The audience craned their necks to see who had taken over the singing.

That’s when the little girl’s mother, Shaye Washington, appeared. The mother had no doubt listened to her daughter practice her song over and over at home and knew the words.


She recognized that her daughter needed a little help. The song that Washington’s girl was singing was Rise Up by Andra Day.

The lyrics fit so well with the moment, as Washington ‘rose up’ to help her daughter. “Come on, baby. You got it,” the mother said as she took the stage next to her daughter.

Her mother’s presence appears to boost her somewhat and she starts singing again. Washington helps her daughter get through the performance by simply standing by her side.

The audience is in awe of this moment and can’t help but cheer and shout words of encouragement until the girl completes the song.