In a crowd full of people passing by and going about their business, sometimes you might even cross paths with someone who will later become a star.
If you haven’t heard Charlotte Awbery’s story yet, then prepare to be blown away—because her life changed in an instant.
Awbery rides the subway almost every day, and just a single chance encounter turned her life around in an instant.
She is a professional singer who performs at weddings, bars and other special occasions who happened to be walking in the London Underground. One day, YouTuber Kevin Freshwater was going around the streets of London to bug random people and ask them to “finish the lyrics” of songs he sang in front of them. His fateful encounter with Awbery in a subway tunnel can be seen at the near end of the video.
As usual, Freshwater approaches and asks her to fill the missing part of the song.
He sang the first few verses of the song “Shallow,” a famous soundtrack from the movie A Star Is Born and was originally sung by Lady Gaga. In response, Awbery sang the rest of the lyrics and Freshwater was star-struck listening to her voice. Amazed, he asked her to keep on singing—and Awbery didn’t hesitate to belt it out in the middle of the tunnel.
Though it ended short, it was enough to leave Freshwater impressed!
That particular episode of Freshwater’s “Finish the Lyrics” spread like fire on the internet because of Awbery.
Freshwater’s YouTube video received more than five million views because of Awbery’s angelic vocals.
Moreover, people hailed her as a new Queen of Pop with strangers setting up a fan club called Charlotte’s Web. Soon after, Ellen DeGeneres got wind of the subway singer and invited her on the show.
Awbery blew people’s minds once again as Ellen asked her to perform the full version of Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” on stage.
The show welcomed the subway singer on stage and set the mood for her entrance.
She sang the song spectacularly, and the song is sure to melt your heart. She belted the lyrics so effortlessly and she kept the same face from start to finish. After a quick performance, the audience rewarded her with a hearty round of applause. Even Freshwater was also there in an audience seat to watch her perform!
Even Awbery had little to no idea of her internet fame.
Awbery enjoyed a live chat with Ellen, and Ellen broke down everything that Awbery had done to make the video go viral.
Awbery herself was in disbelief that the trimmed version of the video of herself circulated on Facebook and racked up 60 million views.
What’s more, it was her rendition that helped bring the song back to the top 40 charts on iTunes once again.
On Awbery’s social media on the other hand, and especially on Instagram, she was flooded with more than 400,000 followers—including Ariana Grande!
After their quick chat, Ellen gave her numerous rewards that came from various sponsors.
Awbery received a yearlong pass on the subway along with $10,000 in cash from Shutterfly to help her get to her gigs.
Awbery’s online presence is getting bigger and bigger every day!
Sooner or later, we’re going to see her everywhere from album covers to magazines.
Congratulations to Awbery! Check out the full performance by clicking the link below:
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