Three-year-old Claire Ryann has a message for her fans: "I love to sing and thank you for loving my songs!"
By now, you’ve probably seen the adorable Disney-inspired music videos featuring 3-year-old Claire Ryann. While belting out “See the Light” from Disney’s Tangled in perfect pitch, she channels Rapunzel alongside her very own Flynn Rider: her dad.
Claire's parents are Dave and Ashley Crosby, college sweethearts who married when Dave was 22 and Ashley was two days shy of her 19th birthday. Seven years later, the couple is based in Seattle, Washington where they live with both Claire and their 20-month-old son, Carson. Parents.com got the chance to catch up with the talented daddy-daughter duo to discuss their viral videos and favorite Disney princesses.
Q: Dave, have you always had a passion for music?
A: I grew up playing a lot of music. I started getting really into the guitar around age 12, and then played in a few bands through high school and college. I started my own YouTube channel, picked up a few big corporate music projects and have been branching out into different projects from there. I’ve also been working on writing a few songs over the last year. Music still isn’t my full time job, but I’m getting a little bit closer.
Q: What made you come up with the idea to create Disney-inspired music videos?
A: Claire learned to talk at a super young age and we noticed really early on that she could carry a pitch. I remember some time after her first birthday, she was slamming her hands on our little keyboard in the living room. She started hitting the same note over and over, and then she began to sing the exact same note. I was sure at that moment that she was going to be able to sing.
This led to an obsession with Disney songs. It started with Frozen, but we also introduced her to some of the classics: she absolutely fell in love with The Little Mermaid when we showed it to her. We bought “Part of Your World” for her and she would request it whenever we drove around in the car. Pretty soon, she was singing the entire song word for word everywhere.
One day, I was getting an oil change and while I was paying, [Claire] suddenly burst out into the Little Mermaid song, walking around the waiting area and being so dramatic. It made everyone in the waiting room laugh and people were pulling out their cell phones and recording it. That gave me the idea to put a video on YouTube. A few months later, during Christmas break, we finally made our first video to the song from Little Mermaid.
Q: Do you plan on creating more videos in the future and has Claire suggested any Disney tunes?
A: Oh yes. Claire has a long list of songs. I’m starting to lose track of them, but she doesn’t forget the order. I’m hoping I can get her to change her mind on some of them because I’m not sure we can get them all done!
Q: We have some questions for Claire, too. What is your favorite color?
A: Blue and pink and lavender and white.
Q: Who is your favorite princess and why?
A: Ariel and Princess Sleeping Beauty because they are so pretty. And Elsa too! I like her blue dress. So it goes - Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Elsa.
Q: What do you think makes a good princess?
A: Princess carriages.
Q: You’re a great singer! Do you want to be a singer when you grow up?
A: I want to be a princess hair trimmer girl.
Q: Do you have anything to say to your fans?
A: I love to sing and thank you for loving my songs!