An adorable video of a nine-year-old with Down syndrome belting out a Whitney Houston song has brought a tear to the eye of millions of people worldwide.
Dane Miller, from Prosper, Texas, was recorded giving a passionate version of Houston’s 1993 hit, I Have Nothing, by his auntie during a family car journey.
As the boy nailed the song, from Houston’s album, The Bodyguard, he danced to the beat as if performing to a stadium full of people.
Jeanne Miller, Dane’s proud auntie, shared the video on Facebook with the caption: ‘Is this boy not the sweetest thing ever?! He loves to sing ❤️ ❤️. Whitney would be proud #getthatboyamic #mynephewDanerocks’.
The video has had an incredible 18.6million views as well as more than 195,000 shares since Jeanne shared the video last Monday.
‘He is just very vibrant,’ Jeanne told ABC News. ‘He’s very high-functioning so if he hears music, it’s just something that sticks with him. He’s very proud [of the video]. He just smiles and giggles.’
Dane’s mother, Danna Miller, said: ‘Nine years ago God blessed us with this amazing child. We are so humbled and honored that we were chosen to raise such a joyful and loving child. Here is just a little taste of what we experience everyday.’
She told ABC News that her 13-year-old son Dawson introduced his younger brother to the Houston classic.
She added: ‘When we had Dane, we didn’t know that he had Down syndrome, but it wouldn’t have mattered. He has been probably the biggest blessing of our lives. He is just so loving and joyful. He is what’s good about this world.’
Danna told Inside Edition: ‘He’s been musical since around two years’ old. He’s been playing the drums. He sings. He loves music. He puts his whole heart into everything he does.’
Dane’s other favorite artists include Taylor Swift, Kidz Bop Kids and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, in particular their song, Carol of the Bells.
Messages of support and encouragement for Dane, who has his own YouTube channel, have been pouring in from commentators on the viral video.
Victoria Latenser said: ‘His pure joy and beauty brings tears to my eyes. Thank you God for giving this beautiful soul to this world.
‘He’s a brilliant ray of sunshine. I look forward to seeing more from this precious human being. And thank you Dane for changing the way others see those born with something extra.’
Dayna Steven added: ‘Omg my heart is melting.’