Teen prodigy Emi Sun­shine takes the stage for Night­fall. FRI­DAY

Teen prodigy EmiSun­shine takes the stage Fri­day night

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By t he t i me Em­i­lie Sun­shine Hamil­ton was 5, she’d made her first child­like at­tempts at song­writ­ing. By age 6, she was a well- known per­former in churches and festivals around East Ten­nessee. At 7, she recorded her first two al­bums, “Strong as the Tall Pine” and “Wide River To Cross,” with the help of her fam­ily.

But af­ter a per­for­mance at a Ten­nessee flea mar­ket when she was 9, her ca­reer re­ally took off when a video of her singing “Blue Yodel No. 6” was posted on YouTube and went vi­ral. In ad­di­tion to sur­pass­ing a mil­lion views, it gained her at­ten­tion from the “To­day” show.”

Now us­ing the stage name EmiSun­shine, she has per­formed at t he Grand Ole Opry, at CMA Fest, Merle Fest and at the Ry­man. She plays more than 50 gigs a year, and one of those will be Fri­day night, May 25, when the Madis­onville, Ten­nessee, singer and multi- in­stru­men­tal­ist head­lines Night­fall. EmiSun­shine and The Rain will take the stage at 8 p. m. af­ter Moun­tain Creek House Fire opens.

The s i nger — who turns 14 next month — grew up sur­rounded by fam­ily mem­bers who had a gen­uine love for moun­tain melodies and lyrics. Also in­flu­enced by le­gends such as Loretta Lynn and The Lou­vin Broth­ers, EmiSun­shine pro­duces all of her music, whether live or in the stu­dio.

Her abil­ity to com­bine a youth­ful, bub­bly dis­po­si­tion with mean­ing­ful song con­tent brings her music to life. Al­though her music has been de­scribed as “old-timey,” she pro­duces a blend of roots music that is equal parts Amer­i­cana, blue­grass, gospel and coun­try, with a sprin­kle of blues.

The crooner is backed by a band made up of her fa­ther on up­right bass, her brother on man­dolin and “Un­cle Bobby” Hill on drums.

Night­fall is pro­duced by Chat­tanooga Presents. Con­certs are held rain or shine. For more in­for­ma­tion on the free sum­mer con­cert se­ries: www.night­fallchat­tanooga.com.

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EmiSun­shine, who turns 14 next month, al­ready has two al­bums to her credit and has per­formed mul­ti­ple times at the Grand Ole Opry.

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