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He was trying to film himself singing. His retired opera singer mother joined in and stole the show

Listening to both of them singing the chorus together is as heartwarming as it gets.

He was trying to film himself singing. His retired opera singer mother joined in and stole the show
Image Source: Jude York/Instagram

Editor's note: This article was originally published on December 5, 2022. It has since been updated.

Aside from physical and behavioral traits, some of us also inherit special talents from our parents such as a flair for singing, dancing, painting, athleticism, etc. In such cases, it is heartwarming to see people honing their born abilities with their parents and learning new things from them. A video on social media demonstrates this idea as it features a mother-son duo singing ABBA's 1980 classic, "The Winner Takes It All." Musician Jude York was filming a video of himself singing the song when a second voice seamlessly joined his and gave some extra flair to the at-home performance.

Image Source: Instagram/Jude York
Image Source: Instagram/Jude York

The text inlay on the video reads: "When you’re trying to record a video but your mum is a retired opera singer." While York soulfully belts out the lyrics, his mother's voice tentatively joins his before she hesitantly appears before the camera. Their voices beautifully meld together as they perform the chorus in a hair-raising performance. The caption of the video reads: "Overwhelmed by the response this has received, 3 million views and counting! My mum's loving it lol." 

One Instagram user observed that the mother was "so unsure if she could join at first" but ended up singing beautifully. Another noted, "I literally started crying [because] look at the way she looks at him. Oh my heart, please give her a big hug." Another Instagram user commented, "Omg this is so good, both of your voices sound so soothing and tune in so well together." Several others found the way his mother entered the frame "cute" and "adorable."

"Not crying, it’s glitter. Record as many videos singing with your mom. Many many videos and cherish each one! You guys sound amazing," yet another Instagram user commented. 

In another heartwarming instance of children appreciating their parent's creative talents, Zach Montana changed the course of his and his father's life when a video of him accidentally discovering and reacting to his father's unreleased song from the 70s. In the clip, Montana is seen to be visibly excited and jumping about in his seat, shocked at how good the track is and how good his father, William "Curly" Smith, sounds. "I'm listening and I'm thinking, 'Whoa, this is really good,'" said Montana. "Then the vocals come on and I hear a very familiar voice—and I’m like, 'Oh my God, that's my dad."


He soon discovered the track was an unreleased song from the 1970s called "Surrender to Me." Smith was the rock band Boston's drummer from 1994 through 2001, touring and recording with the rock band. 

Smith recorded the track 43 years ago and co-produced it with singer-songwriter Mark Olson, who has since passed away. They were never able to release the song since Smith did not have a record deal. After Montana, who is a young musician himself, introduced the internet to his father's unreleased track through the video—which has been viewed over 3.9 million times and liked by over 1.1 million TikTok users—"Surrender to Me" has received over four million Spotify streams.

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