A very reverent song (and proud father)

Late last year, my daughter Casey (who just turned eight-years-old in April) wrote a song called “Let my light shine.” Casey wrote the song which professes her view of God and expresses the generally optimistic nature all children have.

“Let my light shine”

By Chris Ingram

Late last year, my daughter Casey (who just turned eight-years-old in April) wrote a song called “Let my light shine.” Casey wrote the song which professes her view of God and expresses the generally optimistic nature all children have. 

Casey wrote the song — without prompting — in the back seat of the car on her way to gymnastics practice. She wrote it in less than ten minutes in a small notebook. She began singing the song and shared the lyrics she had written with me; I encouraged her to share it with her music teacher Ms. Belinda Womack at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, which she did. 

Ms. Womack liked the lyrics so much she worked with Ms. Hannah Rose to set the lyrics to a score and arrange the song. It’s a catchy and optimistic tune from a child’s perspective — even if you’re not particularly religious.

You can watch the video of the first public performance of “Let my light shine on me” which was performed today in the sanctuary at Cambridge by clicking here. Ms. Womack introduced Casey and also plays the piano and you can view the introduction by clicking here. The song was performed by Casey and her classmates from Mrs. Coney’s second-grade class. In the video, Casey is the tall sandy blonde girl on the left (4th from the right, front row).

I don’t normally share personal material so publicly, but Casey’s mom and I are so very proud of her (and the song is really good), that I couldn’t resist.

Special thanks to Ms. Womack and Ms. Rose for their contributions to the song.


Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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16 thoughts on “A very reverent song (and proud father)”

  1. Okay, so now how am I supposed to go back to work after that? I had tears streaming down my face. That is so awesome……..I know you are so proud of her!!!! Thanks for sharing 


    Ps: Casey is getting SO tall!……and is adorable! Katey will probably come up to her shoulders, if that!!


  2. Chris,
    This is a really sweet performance and a cute song. Casey is a talented songwriter.

    Thanks for sharing,


  3. Chris
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful video and you should be a proud father!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. Oh Chris! It was so beautiful! I got all choked up. I miss her so much! Please send her my love. And congratulations to you and Amy!


  5. Chris, that is amazing, and you have every right to pride. What Casey did can’t be taught or coached because it is pure raw talent. She CAN be taught and coached, but she has started out farther along than most of us ever get. Her song is inspiring and a testament to faith. (Hint: pop songs pay the bills, inspirational songs pay the soul!)



  6. Forgot to add Belinda Womack was a well-known, top-flight Tampa cabaret-type singer when we were young. She still looks young!

    “If you can’t be a good example,
    then you’ll just have to serve as a horrible warning.”
    — Anonymous


  7. Wow…great song. From the mouth of babes we can all learn a great deal. Neat to have the great Ms. Womack as a teacher too. What a great voice she has.


  8. Chris,

    That’s absolutely beautiful… may God Bless and Protect your family and you!

    Thanks for sharing that… it brought a few tears to my wife’s face.

    Kindest regards,



  9. Chris,
    Your Daughter Casey’s song was so precious, as was the video of her school singing it. I loved the hand gestures. I hope this finds you well and Congrats to you and your wife for raising such a sweet child of God.

    The Honorable Elizabeth B. Letchworth


  10. I mean how can you not just absolutely love it? Kids always have a way of keeping it simple and sweet and right to the point in their relationship with Jesus. Belinda, by the way. Is such a sweet heart. I’ve done a couple of events with her.
    Thanks for share it with me!


  11. Thanks for sharing Chris! Awesome is the word that pops first into my head, seeing this gives us all hope. 🙂 I loved it!


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