In just five short years Ella Yelich-O’Connor has gone from awkward 12-year-old competing on a school stage to superstar Lorde weighed down with Grammys.
It was clear even at that young age that she had what it took to make it big, as evidenced in a 2009 video of her performing that’s recently surfaced—you can watch it right here on Popdust.
Lorde was caught on camera—along with her band Extreme, belting out a cover of Rainbow’s Man on the Silver Mountain as they competed in the Intermediate Schools Battle of the Bands Finals.
Although the video isn’t the best quality her stage presence still manages to shine through and it’s definitely an impressive performance for a 12-year-old.
However, despite giving it her very best shot it appears Lorde hadn’t quite hit her winning stride yet—the band placed third in the competition.