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After singing together their entire childhood, three sisters – Melanie, McKenzie, and Madelyn Merchant – decided to start an official band known as Firefly in 2008 when Melanie won a songwriting contest at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee. They write, sing, and play Country music. They play the cello, mandolin, guitar, keyboards, and the fiddle. Their original and cover songs can be found on iTunes and their [https://www.youtube.com/user/FIreflyMusicOfficial/ YouTube] channel.
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'''Lexi Mae Walker''', a member of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]], is a 16-year-old vocalist who captivates audiences with her powerful angelic voice. She was born in Walnut Creek, California, on 31 March 2002. She has five siblings. She did not take vocal lessons until 2013 (with Tricia Swanson), but has always been surrounded by music and loves to sing. She attributes a big part of her musical inspiration to her grandmother who was a public-school music teacher for 30 years and worked with her in family settings.
  
'''Firefly''' created quite a buzz in Country music when they won the Arizona State Country Showdown. They went on to win the Arizona State Title in 2010. Since 2010, the band has been privileged to share the stage with music artists like LeAnn Rimes, Martin McBride, [[Donny Osmond]], Little Big Town, Wynonna Judd, Clint Black, [[David Archuleta]], Pam Tillis, [[Alex Boyé]], and many more.
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In early 2014, at the age of 11, she became a YouTube viral sensation playing the lead role of Elsa, a character from Disney’s animated smash hit Frozen, in Alex Boyé’s Africanized tribal cover of the popular song "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAJYk1jOhzk Let It Go]." The video received almost half a million views in its first day on YouTube. As of mid-November 2018, it has garnered more than 99 million views. Lexi connected with Boyé through [https://mormonmusic.org/mormon-artists/masa-fukuda Masa Fukuda], the Director of the [http://onevoicechildrenschoir.com/ One Voice Children’s Choir] – a choir which is comprised of 140 children ages 4 to 18 who reside in northern Utah along the Wasatch Front. Lexi is a member of the choir. The choir is also featured in the video. Fukuda told Boyé, "You’ve got to take a listen to this girl. She’s a little Beyoncé, but more, and I think you will enjoy getting to know her." The video was filmed in Midway, Utah, at the Midway Town Square Ice Castle.
  
Firefly is also known for their charity work with troubled youth including the Steve Young Charities Forever Young Foundation programs such as Anasazi Foundation, One Life At A Time, Bridle Up Hope, Sophie’s Place, and a charity for refugees that the girls started in 2017 called “Rahama’s Relief.
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More than 78,000 people have subscribed to Lexi’s YouTube channel and her videos have been viewed over 14 billion times. After winning the fifth-annual [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6J6hZ1oUgE Canyons Idol Vocal Competition in 2013], she sang the National Anthem at a Real Salt Lake soccer game, leaving her audience awestruck. Some of her other notable performances include [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcsdzuKqY8Y USANA’s 2013 International Convention], the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, the "We Are Hope" concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10YJVCjlJOY Stadium of Fire] in Provo, Utah.
  
In 2012 the group launched their official YouTube channel which now includes subscribers from all over the world. In 2014 the sisters released their first album of original music self-titled ''Firefly''. Their album contains hit song collaborations with hip-hop violinist [[Lindsey Stirling]] and The [[Truman Brothers]]. Their song "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63BdiLwtaGo Keep on Loving You]" was number one on the TuneCore love song album in 2015.
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On 26 February 2014, Lexi was featured on ABC’s ''Good Morning America'' during a live sing-along of "Let It Go" in Times Square. Two other soloists joined Idina Menzel (the voice of Frozen’s character Elsa) in singing the song, backed by the New York City Children’s Chorus. She was also invited to be the first guest performer at the children’s music competition in Japan, held 1 March 2014. In June 2014, she performed at [[Mitt Romney]]’s Park City summit. In October 2014, she performed with [[David Archuleta]] to benefit Rising Star Outreach, an organization that provides medical and educational aid in leprosy colonies. In December 2014, she produced a Christmas music video. She has also performed at the Beijing International Film Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Radio City Music Hall. And, in January 2017, 14-year-old Lexi Mae Walker once again wowed her audience with her stunning performance of "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXGLkZxfUC4 I Hope You Dance]" at the Inaugural Freedom Ball 2017.
  
Firefly’s music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, and other channels throughout the world. They are best known for their beautiful harmonies and instrumental talents on cello, guitar, mandolin, and piano. Because of their gorgeous natural red hair and ever fun personalities they are often known for a favorite single written with Taylor Swift’s engineer called "Firecracker Red!"
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Lexi has graced the stage of ''Good Morning America'', ''America’s Got Talent'', the ''Queen Latifah Show'', and ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KouMoCF46E Beijing TV]''. In her brief time in the music business, she has had the privilege of performing with [[Alex Boye|Alex Boyé]], [[The Piano Guys]], [[Lindsey Stirling]], [[David Archuleta]], [[Jenny Oaks Baker]], and Kristen Chenoweth. Of all her amazing accomplishments, thus far, the pièce de résistance is her [http://www.lexiwalker.net/press-release.html 2015 signing with Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait Records], joining the ranks of such highly-acclaimed artists as [[The Piano Guys]] and Dolly Parton.
  
~ a Quote from Firefly:
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Based in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, Lexi has toured Japan, China, and the East Coast. She has commented, "Having fun is [the] success. As long as you’re doing the things you love, you’re going to be successful. Mostly, I just feel really lucky and I’m really grateful that I get to have this opportunity!"
  
"As we have grown as musicians and performers our name has taken on a deeper meaning. Just as fireflies light up the night sky, our creator lights our way—to help us become who we are meant to be. Everyone has a light to share—something you can do that no one else can. You are who you are for a reason. You are meant for more than you know."
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==Follow Lexi Mae Walker on Social Media==
  
==Follow Firefly on Social Media==
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:*'''Lexi Mae Walker's [http://www.lexiwalker.net/index.html Official Website]'''
  
:*'''Firefly's [http://fireflymusicoffici.wixsite.com/iheartfirefly Official Website]'''
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:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://www.facebook.com/leximaewalker/ Facebook]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://www.facebook.com/iheartfirefly Facebook]'''
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:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://twitter.com/LexiMaeWalker Twitter]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://twitter.com/iheartfirefly Twitter]'''
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:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://www.instagram.com/leximaewalker/ Instagram]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://www.instagram.com/iheartfirefly/ Instagram]'''
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:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Aiu04kpLFKFy6aWAhGS-Q YouTube]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://www.youtube.com/user/FIreflyMusicOfficial/ YouTube]'''
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:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/33St5mNzgK6I9RiOZA6Jq7 Spotify]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/1MSiu4alHI6S2lZtiFvUjH?si=5kf6GA4eTG6v3ivefHvItA Spotify]'''
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:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://plus.google.com/communities/116006505827350988645 Google+]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://plus.google.com/u/0/+FIreflyMusicOfficial Google+]'''
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:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://www.pandora.com/artist/lexi-walker/inspire/ALdvVwxrr7mndv9 Pandora]'''
  
:*'''Follow Firefly on [https://www.pandora.com/artist/firefly-country/ARkZg79wkr76vck Pandora]'''
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:*'''Follow Lexi Mae Walker on [https://soundcloud.com/lexiwalkerofficial SoundCloud]
  
 
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Lexi Mae Walker

Lexi Mae Walker, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a 16-year-old vocalist who captivates audiences with her powerful angelic voice. She was born in Walnut Creek, California, on 31 March 2002. She has five siblings. She did not take vocal lessons until 2013 (with Tricia Swanson), but has always been surrounded by music and loves to sing. She attributes a big part of her musical inspiration to her grandmother who was a public-school music teacher for 30 years and worked with her in family settings.

In early 2014, at the age of 11, she became a YouTube viral sensation playing the lead role of Elsa, a character from Disney’s animated smash hit Frozen, in Alex Boyé’s Africanized tribal cover of the popular song "Let It Go." The video received almost half a million views in its first day on YouTube. As of mid-November 2018, it has garnered more than 99 million views. Lexi connected with Boyé through Masa Fukuda, the Director of the One Voice Children’s Choir – a choir which is comprised of 140 children ages 4 to 18 who reside in northern Utah along the Wasatch Front. Lexi is a member of the choir. The choir is also featured in the video. Fukuda told Boyé, "You’ve got to take a listen to this girl. She’s a little Beyoncé, but more, and I think you will enjoy getting to know her." The video was filmed in Midway, Utah, at the Midway Town Square Ice Castle.

More than 78,000 people have subscribed to Lexi’s YouTube channel and her videos have been viewed over 14 billion times. After winning the fifth-annual Canyons Idol Vocal Competition in 2013, she sang the National Anthem at a Real Salt Lake soccer game, leaving her audience awestruck. Some of her other notable performances include USANA’s 2013 International Convention, the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, the "We Are Hope" concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah.

On 26 February 2014, Lexi was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America during a live sing-along of "Let It Go" in Times Square. Two other soloists joined Idina Menzel (the voice of Frozen’s character Elsa) in singing the song, backed by the New York City Children’s Chorus. She was also invited to be the first guest performer at the children’s music competition in Japan, held 1 March 2014. In June 2014, she performed at Mitt Romney’s Park City summit. In October 2014, she performed with David Archuleta to benefit Rising Star Outreach, an organization that provides medical and educational aid in leprosy colonies. In December 2014, she produced a Christmas music video. She has also performed at the Beijing International Film Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Radio City Music Hall. And, in January 2017, 14-year-old Lexi Mae Walker once again wowed her audience with her stunning performance of "I Hope You Dance" at the Inaugural Freedom Ball 2017.

Lexi has graced the stage of Good Morning America, America’s Got Talent, the Queen Latifah Show, and Beijing TV. In her brief time in the music business, she has had the privilege of performing with Alex Boyé, The Piano Guys, Lindsey Stirling, David Archuleta, Jenny Oaks Baker, and Kristen Chenoweth. Of all her amazing accomplishments, thus far, the pièce de résistance is her 2015 signing with Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait Records, joining the ranks of such highly-acclaimed artists as The Piano Guys and Dolly Parton.

Based in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, Lexi has toured Japan, China, and the East Coast. She has commented, "Having fun is [the] success. As long as you’re doing the things you love, you’re going to be successful. Mostly, I just feel really lucky and I’m really grateful that I get to have this opportunity!"

Follow Lexi Mae Walker on Social Media

Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the Mormon Music website.