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'I'll Rise Unafraid': Mum Leaps Into Action When Daughter Freezes On Stage

A heartwarming moment went viral after a 10-year-old girl became frozen with stage fright at her school talent show.

What you need to know
  • Makayla Ferrell, 10, froze on stage during her school talent show
  • Mum Shaye Washington leapt into action
  • The touching moment was caught on video and shared millions of times

There's a leading contender for Mother of the Year -- along with the supporting evidence in the form of a viral video that has racked up more than seven million views.

When Makayla Ferrell, 10, began singing Andra Day's anthem "Rise Up" at her school talent show, her mum, Shaye Washington sat nervously in the audience.

But about a minute in, Makayla's voice faded.

"I just forgot because I was nervous to, like, even sing anymore," Makayla said.

"I was like, 'Uh-oh it looks like she's about to have a meltdown or have a breakdown,'" Shaye said.  "And I don't want her to feel defeated ... so that's when I just stepped in to help her going."

"I'll rise unafraid," Shaye Washington sang as her daughter found her voice.

Shaye was asked what the song meant to her.

"It means a lot. It means perseverance," she told CBS News. "Before I moved to Colorado ... that was one of the songs that helped me push on."

The family is having a hard time adjusting to a place so far from the home they'd known in Georgia.

Shaye wrote on Facebook, "Sometimes I am hard on myself as a mom. And I think I'm not doing enough."

Her daughter responded.

"I think she does everything for me. She gets everything for me," Makayla said.

"Sometimes I feel like ... I don't say ... don't act like I'm thankful, but I want to be more thankful and thank her."