In March of this year, MormonMusic.org introduced 3-year-old Claire Ryann Crosby from Utah to our audience when we featured the video of her singing one of her favorite hymns, Gethsemane by Roger and Melanie Hoffman. Her beautiful rendition of the song exemplifies the pure, sweet, tender testimony of the Savior coming from the heart of an innocent child. As of mid-May 2016, her YouTube video has garnered over 2.6 million views.
However, Claire had become a favorite of listeners and a YouTube sensation a few months before her Easter video release. Her father, Dave Crosby, who writes music for commercials and movies, recounted to KSL.com, “A few months ago, I was paying for an oil change, and when I turned around [Claire] was singing Little Mermaid in the lobby while everyone had their phones out recording her.” On 9 January 2016, her video of “Part of Your World” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid was published on YouTube and went viral. Thus far the video has been viewed over 9 million times. She currently has 16,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel with over 12 million views of her videos.
Not only is Claire a success on YouTube but her love for singing and her ability to memorize Disney songs has opened the door for her to star in the new “A Little Mermaid” movie with renowned actress Shirley MacLaine.
Unbeknown to her father when he had the inspiration to record Claire singing an almost flawless rendition of The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World,” the video caught the attention of a casting director of the 2017 scheduled release of A Little Mermaid. That resulted in Claire landing the role of Shirley MacLaine’s granddaughter in the movie along with Lexy Kolker. The film, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, stars Shirley MacLaine, Poppy Drayton, and Loreto Peralta and is produced by MVP Studios.
On 12 May 2016, the following announcement appeared on Claire’s Facebook page:
FUN NEWS! Claire’s Little Mermaid music video caught the eye of a casting director early this year. She has officially joined the cast of the upcoming film “A Little Mermaid” which will come out in 2017. Claire plays Shirley MacLaine’s granddaughter, along with the adorable Lexy Kolker.
We weren’t surprised she LOVED acting on set and making lots of new friends in the process. It was an incredible experience for our littlest mermaid to work alongside Shirley MacLaine!
There is no doubt that this adorable little girl will be winning the hearts of people for many years to come. She has a unique aura about her that captivates people. Her sweet smile and charming disposition almost remind you of a young Shirley Temple.
MormonMusic.org looks forward to featuring more news about and music videos by Claire Ryann as her career progresses – and progress it most definitely will.