In 2011, Maria Aragon set up her video camera, sat down at her keyboard, and performed her favorite Lady Gaga song (everyone’s favorite Gaga song, at the moment,) “Born This Way.” After getting a little traction on YouTube for her killer rendition of the song, Maria was flabbergasted when Gaga herself reached out to her, complimenting her cover and offering feedback.
After a back-and-forth, Gaga invited Maria to perform with her at her Toronto concert. But before she would preform the Mother of Monsters, she would perform for Ellen, live on her show in front of millions.
Did we mention that Maria Aragon was 10-years-old at the time?
At just 10, Maria plays the piano fabulously and sings to boot! Her voice sounds effortless and is well-supported even through the higher notes, which she belts out like nothing. We can tell (and so could Ellen!) that she was nervous, but even through her shakes she nailed the song.
What was just as impressive as her performance, however, was how she felt about the it. She chose this song because of the meaning it has for her.
“I love the meaning of the song, it’s a really great meaning, ” Maria told Ellen before she performed. “It’s about just being yourself because God made you who you are, and you’re no different than anyone else.”
For a little girl to be able to feel this passionate about the deeper meaning behind Gaga’s hit is extremely impressive, and we think this was partly why the artist was drawn to Maria’s cover in the first place.
After Gaga reached out, Maria’s video was catapulted to viral video fame, hitting millions of views in just a few days. Now, five years later, the video is slowly reaching 60 million views. Crazy.
Since her introduction to stardom, the now teenage Maria has been pursing her music passionately. She maintains her popular YouTube channel with weekly video covers of popular songs, she’s been going to camps for gifted young musicians, and she obviously killed her performance with Gaga.
We won’t be surprised when we see her name in lights! This talented performer can only improve her skills from here, and we’re sure she has an amazing road ahead of her.
What do you think of Maria’s cover from 2011? Did you watch it five years ago when it blew up on YouTube? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.