Anders has been singing at church, shows since she was toddler

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 19, 2004

BUSY CORNER &045;&045; Six-year-old Carlie Anders may have felt a few butterflies in her stomach as she stood before the congregation Wednesday night at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Busy Corner.

But once the music started, Carlie was a southern gospel songbird, delivering flawless vocal covers of the Isaacs’ &uot;Stand Still,&uot; &uot;He Understands My Tears&uot; and &uot;He Ain’t Never Done Me Nothing But Good.&uot;

Carlie’s parents, David and Cossundra Anders, who both have musical backgrounds, said Carlie has been singing since she was a toddler.

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&uot;I used to sing to her when she was in her stroller. Then one year at a Christmas cantata practice she just grabbed the microphone from me and started singing,&uot; Cossundra Anders said.

Now a second grader at St. Alphonsus Elementary in McComb, Carlie showed an ability to master song lyrics long before she could read.

&uot;When she was three, she could sing all four verses of ‘Amazing Grace.’ She’d memorized 50 songs before she was 4,&uot; David Anders said.

While Carlie’s talent has been primarily focused on southern gospel and bluegrass performances for churches and homecomings, she’s also performed for hundreds at area festivals and won first place in a talent show for her age group at last year’s Pike County Fair.

And, as a member of a local dance class, Carlie was invited last summer to perform at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. &uot;She really enjoys it. She’s a little shy, but I really think she has a place in her heart to bring joy to people,&uot; David Anders said.

Meanwhile, Carlie’s little brother, 5-year-old Casey, has been playing the drums since he was one.

&uot;We’ve always been involved in music, and we’ve shared that joy with them,&uot; Cossundra Anders said.