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Rockers Unite! Musician Tom Morello Honors 10-Year-Old Shredder By Giving Her A Guitar

After he saw a video of the young rocker covering one of his band's songs, he sent her a gift and encouraged her to keep making music.


You might have seen Nandi Bushell in one of her many YouTube videos, where she rocks out on her drum set to Nirvana's "In Bloom," or the Queens of the Stone Age hit "No One Knows."

Known for her energetic performances, the 10-year-old music prodigy has appeared in commercials, has jammed on stage with Lenny Kravitz and she even got to show off her chops on The Ellen Show last year.

Recently, Bushell covered Rage Against the Machine's revolutionary anthem, "Guerrilla Radio" in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality. In addition to playing the drums, Bushell filmed herself playing both lead guitar and bass. Then, she stitched the videos together to make a clip that's about a minute long.

When Tom Morello,Rage Against the Machine's guitarist, heard Bushell's version, he retweeted the video with the caption, "Well, now we're on the right track." Morello was so impressed with her performance that he decided to send her s special gift as a surprise.

Along with gifting her a brand new black Fender Soul Power Stratocaster (Morello's signature instrument), he sent a video message that Bushell's father played for her once she received the guitar.

Bushell shared a clip on Twitter where she covers her mouth in disbelief when she hears Morello's message to her.

"I'd like you to have this guitar as a gift from me to you because you rock so great," Morello said in the message. "And to see someone rocking so great who is so young, it really gives me hope for the future."

Bushell couldn't hide her excitement when she got a guitar and a personal message of encouragement from one of her favorite rockers. @Nandi_Bushell

Morello also noted that he didn't start playing guitar until he was 17, so he said Bushell is "way, super far ahead" of where he was at her age.

Bushell followed up with a clip thanking Morello for the "beautiful guitar," and the pint-sized rocker said she "can't wait to jam" with him soon.

What an amazing surprise from someone who clearly is an inspiring role model for Bushell. We're sure she'll be shredding on her new Stratocaster for years to come!

Bushell says she can't wait to use her new guitar "to jam" with Morello soon. @Nandi_Bushell

How can you start something good?

You can check out all of Nandi Bushell's performances by subscribing to her YouTube channel.

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