ENID, Okla. — Five-year-old Linley Elston is branching out in her young music career.
After singing "Jesus Loves Me" at the Old Fashioned Hymn Sing in June, she will perform the piece again Oct. 11 at Women in Music.
"We sing it at home, so it's one that's her favorite and she knows," her mother, Lindsey Elston, said.
Cathy Nulph, who will co-emcee Women in Music, wanted Linley to perform at the upcoming event after her Hymn Sing performance.
She and the other women involved have "all taken her under our own wing, because she's so sweet and touched a lot of folks," she said.
Women in Music, like the name suggests, is a celebration of women — particularly local women — in the music scene. Along with Linley, performers will include Faith Crum, Janet Jones, Marilyn Murray, Kelly Rose, Jodie Sanchez, Jill Ruding and April Morrow. It is emceed by Nulph and Kristi Browne, and directed by Tom Nix.
Linley will be accompanied by Nix on piano, and some of the other women at the event will help her sing.
Lindsey thinks if now is any indication, her daughter might be primed for a future career in music.
"She's always running around the house singing and dancing, she always attends ballet ... so she wants to sing and dance all over," Lindsey Elston said. "She sings with the radio all the time."
Nulph said the purposes behind Women in Music — other than showcasing the talent of local women — are being a good influence on the younger generation, and forming a community.
"I think we need to be inclusive and support each other," she said.
Lindsey said she is a proud mom.
"I believe that (the situation) has been a blessing to us because of where it all started from," she said. "In our family, God is No. 1, and with us attending the Hymn Sing, I think He put us in the right place at the right time."
Women in Music is 7-9 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Stride Bank Center. Tickets are available for $10 at the door or online at stridebankcenter.com.