By Erica Thomas, managing editor
SPRINGVILLE — A Springville teen was inspired to write a song for students graduating during the coronavirus pandemic. Sami Lavette said watching and hearing from seniors at her school gave her the idea.
Lavette, who has been singing in front of crowds since she was about six-years-old, said she wrote the song “The Saddest Song” one night when she was sitting in her room. The next day, she and her father, Dennis Hennings, recorded the song and posted it online. The reaction was instant.
“I was definitely surprised,” said Lavette. “I’m glad that a lot of people have appreciated and they can relate to it. It makes me feel good that it makes them feel better.”
The video features graduating seniors from across the nation. It has nearly 4,000 views on YouTube.
Lavette said living through a pandemic has been eye-opening.
“It’s definitely a wakeup call,” she said. “From a Christian perspective, you realize that nothing is in your control.”
Lavette will be a senior at Victory Christian School next year. After graduation, she hopes to cheer at Auburn and eventually go to medical school.