SPRINGFIELD-- Staff Sergeant Angie Johnson has been wearing a uniform for more than a decade. She's a member of the 571st Missouri Air National Guard Band called Sidewinder.
When a video of her singing an Adele tune was posted on YouTube a week ago, it went viral. It has had nearly a million hits.
"She's got just such a powerful voice, and she's such a tiny little thing that it was really amazing to see that voice come out of that little body," said Patty Johnson, who lives in Springfield.
Patty and her husband, Carlton, heard the 5-foot-2 soldier with that powerful, gorgeous voice long before it hit the internet. The Johnson's son, Bobby, is married to Angie.
The Johnson's say all their daughter-in-law has ever wanted was to sing. She toiled in Nashville for years waiting to catch that big break. She didn't catch a break, but she did find love with the Johnson's son.
"They actually were both just waiting tables in a restaurant while they were both working on their music careers," explained Patty.
Since it didn't look as if her singing career was going to happen, Angie went back to school and stayed in the Reserves.
This is where the story could have ended, but it didn't because a soldier posted a three minute clip of Angie belting out Rolling in the Deep.
"I guess things could change now," exclaimed a laughing Patty.
Though she's still performing overseas in undisclosed locations in Southwest Asia, Angie's life is already changing.
"Hi everyone. I'm in a big tent in the sandbox right now. I haven't been able to sleep because I'm freaking out about all the love you all are sending to us on the internet," said Angie in a YouTube posting on her Facebook.
The spotlight cast from the internet has grown. She's been on news stations around the country.
Some may say her success started with YouTube, but others have seen it all along.
"But that is just a God given talent. She doesn't have a music degree and she's just a natural," said Patty.