You might not think much of belting out a tune or two while in the shower, but singing doesn’t come easy to everybody. Take Madison Tevlin from Toronto: She has to use twice as much energy to produce sound to speak — let alone carry a tune. So, you can imagine her surprise when Ashton Kutcher himself took notice of her when she sang.
13-year-old Madison has Down syndrome, which makes it more challenging for her to sing at all. According to a study from Down Syndrome Education International, “very few people with Down syndrome can sing at all,” but Madison is putting that fact aside to showcase her special talent to the world.
To improve and expand her range, she started practicing with vocal exercises. She memorized all of the words to John Legend’s “All of Me” and uploaded her cover to YouTube with the hope of inspiring others. Soon, thousands were listening to her powerful voice…
…and then a certain That ’70s Show star saw her video.
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) January 28, 2015
And just like that, her video went viral. Currently, it has over 4 million views and has touched the hearts of people the world over.
“I want them to know that they can do it,” Madison told CTV News. “If you love to do it, just do it.”