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YouTube sensation Emi Sunshine cancels show because family car was stolen in Maryville

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By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


MARYVILLE (WATE) - Emi Sunshine, the Madisonville girl who's known around East Tennessee and beyond for her singing voice, had to cancel a show because someone stole her parent's car from a Maryville gas station Wednesday morning. 

We told you about the 9-year-old Monroe County native last month when she became a YouTube sensation.

You might have seen her performing on Market Square, at a flea market or even on national television. But Wednesday night she had to cancel a show near Gatlinburg, because she didn't have a way to get there.

"My mom woke me up early this morning she told me that our car has been stolen," Emi said.

Emi's mom Alisha Hamilton says her husband was at the Maryville pilot around 2 Wednesday morning when it happened.

"He's a night owl, he's a musician, so he went to the gas station, got some milk and left the keys in the car but parked right up close to the front door, and when he was headed out he saw someone driving away in his car," Hamilton said.

"At first I was just shocked. I didn't know what to think, but I really felt really bad for the people that took it," Emi said.

Inside the car were Emi's stuffed animals, CDs she was getting ready to mail out and a folder filled with songs she was writing.

"Stuff that we really can't replace. That car it has a lot of sentimental value because Emi has been writing songs in that for about four years, so you just can't replace that," Hamilton said.

"I just really hope that I can get some of the stuff that people stole, that I can get it back," Emi said.

"I got a little down for a little while, but of course Emi she'll pick you right back up, and everybody has been real supportive on Facebook and everybody is praying for us and we appreciate that, that's so wonderful," Hamilton said.

Emi's asking the thief to have a change of heart.

"If you can find it in your heart to bring it back," Emi said.

The car is a 2007 grey Mazda 3 hatchback. If you have any information about the theft you can call Maryville Police at (865) 273-3700.

Hamilton says police are looking over surveillance video of the theft. They're not sure if they can retrieve the car, but they're at least hoping to catch the thief.

They're using a rental car to get to their Thursday show at the Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville.

After we posted this story on Facebook, a viewer contacted us because he wanted to donate his car to the family. Hamilton says they're very grateful, and plan to pick up the donated car tomorrow.

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