West Warwick karaoke star gains attention of rapper Missy Elliott


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Mary Halsey of West Warwick is a karaoke superstar.

For the past 15 years, her go-to song has been Missy Elliott’s ‘Work It’.

She recently performed the song at Warwick’s Goddard Park. A video of the performance was posted to social media and has since gone viral.

“I thought I’d get a few hits, so I wrote ‘please share, I want to go viral’, and it took off from there,” said Halsey.

Video of the performance has been viewed nearly seven million times on Halsey’s Facebook page and another two million times on Missy Elliott’s Twitter page.

Halsey said she never expected to get the attention of Missy Elliott.

The rapper reposted a video of the performance on Twitter, writing, “I just found out I have a FUNKY WHITE SISTER forreal doe she brought her home girl with her from da hood that keep tip toeing in the background with a plate of food yo I’m done! but she straight killed “Work It” sound effects & all I love it.”

“I knew it would be big but I had no idea it would be this big,” said Halsey.

Halsey says she’d love to meet Missy Elliott one day.

“I see it in my future,” said Halsey.

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