The Crosby’s YouTube channel’s about us page say, “Just a 7-year-old little girl who loves to sing and make music with her family.” An idea millions of people have bought into resulting in their channel receiving over 505 million views in just over 4 years.
Claire Ryann Crosby was born to parents Dave and Ashley Crosby on October 5, 2012. The couple were college sweethearts who got married when Dave was 22 and Ashley was 18 (2 days shy of her 19th birthday). They now live in Seattle, Washington with Claire and their 20-month-old son called Carson. Claire became a singing sensation at the young age of three after one of her videos where she sang Disney songs, alongside her father Dave, went viral.
Dave has been playing the guitar since he was just 12 years old. He began his musical journey playing in bands as a teenager and starting his own YouTube channel. Talking about his daughter, Dave said, “Claire learned to talk at a super young age and we noticed really early on that she could carry a pitch.”
This, along with her love for Disney songs, inspired them to start recording Disney music covers and upload them to YouTube. Frozen was a very popular Disney song at the time, however, Dave also introduced Claire to some of the more classic numbers. Below is a more recent video of the duo singing “Shallow” from the hit movie “A Star Is Born”.
Now the singing duo has over 2 million subscribers on YouTube and they are fast approaching 3 million. Dave was an Amazon employee before he and his daughter had such success online. The viral videos have allowed for Dave to leave his job and focus on his passion full time. Their videos have landed them on TV shows such as “The Ellen Show” where they performed together in front of a live studio audience.
The Ellen Show and their multiple viral videos wasn’t the height of their online success. Claire has had television and movie appearances whilst Dave was a contestant on the TV show “The Voice”. Dave has also been able to co-found a tech company called “Wyze” that sells smart-home products.
Talking more about Amazon and how their viral success affected his job, Dave said, “It was getting to the point where I felt like I couldn’t do my job at Amazon, I couldn’t work in a corporate environment with everything that was happening. It didn’t seem like our YouTube channel was really slowing down, it was like, ‘This is going to get crazier and crazier and there are lots of cool opportunities with this.’ So I eventually had to leave my job.”