BERRIEN SPRINGS — The Class of 2020’s final year was turned on its head by an international pandemic. So perhaps it’s fitting that an introvert has written what could be the class’s defining song.

Emma Hamel's “Standing By My Side” has become a viral sensation. Her video has been viewed more than 114,000 times in the two weeks it’s been on YouTube.

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Emma Hamel performs at the Box Factory for the Arts in November.


Emma Hamel performs in The Acorn Theater’s Singer Songwriter Competition in 2018. She won the competition at just 16 years old.

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Emma Hamel graduated from Andrews Academy last month. The school held a virtual commencement ceremony for its 64-member Class of 2020.

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