We hope Jennifer Aniston doesn't get jealous, but there's anew, younger woman in Gerard Butler's life, and she can sing, too.
Earlier this month, Rhema Marvanne, a 7-year-oldgospel singer from Carrollton, Texas,taped a scene in Butler'snew film Machine Gun Preacher.In the movie Butlerplays a drug dealer-turned-crusader on a mission to save kids.
"It felt great," Rhema said about making her theatricaldebut. "It felt like God is really proud of me and he's smiling right at me."
YouTube videos of Rhema performing "Amazing Grace," "OHoly Night," Celine Dion's "The Prayer" with Terry White, and Whitney Houston's"I Love The Lord" have generated more than a million streams.
Rhema began singing when she learned to speak. Her mother,Wendi Marvanne, who was a local gospel singer, died of ovarian cancer in 2008.She often sang with Rhema and rehearsed plays.
Rhema said her mother and Houston are her favorite singers,but Dion's classical "The Prayer" with Andrea Bocelli was her toughest vocalhurdle. "It's actually the hardest song I've ever sung before," she said. "Iactually like it. It's a great song."
Major record labels have been calling Voaritskul to discusspotential record deals, but her father is not making any hasty decisions. "Ourfocus is not trying to see how big we can be or how much money we can make," hesaid. "We just want to try to produce something that represents Rhema andsomething that goes along with our mission and ministry. If we find someone whocan accommodate that or is willing to work with that or wants to do that, ifit's a good fit, we will definitely consider it."
Rhema is currently working on a gospel album, a Christmasalbum, and taking on singing dates across the nation. She released her six-track,self-titled debut in May.
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