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Edmond girl, 10, becomes national singing sensation

Olivia Kay, of Edmond, is fresh off a national television performance and has cyberspace videos with hundreds of thousands of clicks.
By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman Published: April 5, 2014

Olivia Kay is fresh off a national television performance and has cyberspace videos with hundreds of thousands of clicks. She’s also only 10 years old.

Olivia now has something in common with many presidents, John Wayne, Lady Gaga and a galaxy of other stars: She’s been interviewed by Barbara Walters.

Olivia admits she wasn’t that familiar with the legendary interviewer. But that changed after her appearance on “The View,” a morning talk show on ABC.

“It was awesome,” she said of her visit to New York.

The Charles Haskell Elementary school fifth-grader probably traveled the most of any youngster during spring break. She was in Los Angeles getting ready for an important audition with Disney when the call came for “The View” appearance. She flew from Los Angeles to New York and, after her performance on “The View,” flew back to Los Angeles for the audition.

All of this came about from a YouTube video of her singing “Rolling in the Deep,” which at last count had well over 700,000 visitors.

Unlike many videos on YouTube, this one is as professionally made as any artist’s video. Then there is that voice, with range, modulation and control. It’s the same voice that awed the hosts on “The View,” as she sang “Rolling in the Deep,” a song co-written and performed by Adele.

“I was a little nervous, but it was great,” Olivia said.

In New York, she got up at 2 a.m. and arrived at the studio by 3 a.m. There was a brief rehearsal, and then she belted out the tune before a studio audience and cameras transmitting her image to millions.

It led to posted comments on the Internet such as the following: “She is absolutely amazing. I saw her on ‘The View,’ … wow!”

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