16-year-old singer Emma Stevens said there was one person she wanted the most to see it, and that was Sir Paul McCartney.
A Nova Scotia teen who has drawn global attention for her Mi'kmaq rendition of The Beatles' classic song “Blackbird” can now add Paul McCartney to her growing list of fans.
In recent concert footage on Twitter by the United Nations' human settlements and youth branch, the former Beatle praises Emma Stevens' recording and encourages his fans to look it up online.
#EmmaStevens gets a shout out by @PaulMcCartney "There's an incredible version done by a Canadian girl, see it on youtube, its in her native language." See her play at the opening of the @unhabitat @UN #UNHabitatAssembly - https://t.co/CqMSgF1VuE #paulmccartney #blackbird pic.twitter.com/WsuQaaczp3— UN-Habitat Youth (@unhabitatyouth) June 2, 2019
McCartney is the writer and original performer of “Blackbird,” which first appeared on The Beatles' self-titled 1968 album, known as the White Album.
Stevens and her classmates at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, Cape Breton, recorded the song to highlight the United Nations' International Year of Indigenous Languages, which seeks to raise awareness of threats to Indigenous languages across the world.
The original video had been viewed more than 540,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube on April 25.