Evie Clair

Evie Clair of Florence received the “key to the town” Monday.

FLORENCE – Thirteen-year-old singing sensation Evie Clair of Florence received the “key to the town” from the Town Council at Monday’s meeting.

The video of her audition for “America’s Got Talent” has been viewed more than 20 million times, and she is scheduled to next appear on the television show on July 25. The pianist, singer and songwriter is one of five children of Amos and Hillary Abplanalp of Florence, and will begin eighth grade at Magma Ranch K-8 School on Monday.

Evie has been singing and playing piano almost her entire life, and has been performing since age 8, when she sang and tap-danced in “Annie” at Hale Theatre in Gilbert. She has performed the National Anthem at an Arizona Diamondbacks game, released two original pop singles and received one of three Judges Choice awards in a worldwide contest for her cover of “Glorious.”

Her music video cover of “Take On Me” was recognized by the Arizona Interfaith Movement for promoting the golden rule, and presented at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. She recorded an album produced by Arizona Golden Rule Educational Experiences called “Stars Shine Brightly.”

Evie won a contest to sing the theme song for the movie “Once I Was a Beehive,” performed it live for the movie’s premiere, and had an original song featured in the movie soundtrack. In 2015 and 2016, she was invited to participate in a worldwide Christmas initiative with her cover of “Mary Did You Know,” and released her single “Love You One More Time.”

On July 4, she performed the National Anthem at Florence’s “Freedom Fest” celebration.

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