Louisville, Ky. (WAVE/CNN) — 7-year-old Audrey Nethery is a karaoke queen. With adorable performances, Audrey is taking the internet by storm.
Audrey has more than a million followers on Facebook. She said, “I was inspired by Taylor Swift. Because she has all the passion and spirit and I just thought I would start singing to maybe put a little passion and spirit in me so I could try and fight off my disease.”
She says it’s working. She’s even gotten to meet Taylor Swift.
Her disease is Diamond-Blackfan anemia.
When asked what she knows about her disease, Audrey responded, “Well, I know that it’s very contagious. Not! Okay, that I messed up. Can you try to cut that?”
It’s her love for life that’s contagious.
But Audrey is dealing with something serious. “It doesn’t make as much blood cells as most people do. And it makes me a little bit short but that doesn’t stop me from moving and acting.”
Thanks to her viral performances, she’s performed on stage at the International Zumba convention. Bob Marley’s son has shared her video. Even Rachael Ray has had her on, twice!
Her parents started the Facebook page “Audrey’s DBA Photo Booth” as a way to raise awareness for the disease. It’s done so much more than that.
Audrey’s mother Julie Haise said, “People are really, you know, they’re very concerned about her, and they’re very inspired, knowing what she goes through and then they see her happy and smiling. And it gives them that same passion and inspiration.”
They also share some of the more difficult moments, such as blood transfusions. Scott Nethery, Audrey’s father said, “We also want to remind people that she’s battling this illness.”
Throughout all of this, young Audrey keeps a very mature attitude. “You just have to take a breath and say I can do this and then you go out there and then you just do it,” she said.
Audrey generally sings on her home karaoke machine, which was donated by karaoke systems company “The Singing Machine.”