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90s Country Teen Star Lila McCann Revisits Her Roots with Acoustic “Down Came a Blackbird”

NOTE: This article is 12 months old and may not include the most recent information.

When 90s country singer Lila McCann recently joined TikTok, as we previously shared, longtime fans rediscovered her on their For You pages, excited to reconnect with the voice behind hits like “Down Came a Blackbird”. For the nostalgic, they may remember her guest role as Kelly Wyman, an aspiring country singer, in the 1998 Walker, Texas Ranger episode “Eyes of a Ranger” on CBS, which fans can now view on Peacock.

Decades after first hitting the scene, McCann has gone viral on TikTok after posting a video of herself performing an acoustic guitar version of her smash 1997 country single. Sitting alone with just her guitar, she strums the familiar chords and belts out the lyrics in her signature smooth vocals.

McCann has described the sudden renewed popularity as “trippy” and says she has received many kind messages and requests from fans.

The performance is a gift for fans who fell in love with McCann’s talent in the 90s but haven’t heard her powerful voice in the mainstream for years. It takes them back to the song that launched her country music career.

Clearly the nostalgia has resonated widely, with McCann’s TikTok views skyrocketing since sharing this stripped-down rendition of her breakout hit. For country fans, it’s a treat to hear her revisit these musical roots.

In the decades since her 90s popularity, McCann has continued releasing country music for her dedicated fanbase, touring small venues and connecting with listeners through social media. While mainstream stardom has eluded her, this acoustic “Down Came a Blackbird” performance shows she still possesses the vocal talent and genuine artistry that initially won over so many fans.

Hopefully this full circle moment on TikTok will introduce Lila McCann to a new generation of country fans, as well as inspire her to keep breathing new life into classics for nostalgic listeners.

@lila.mccann

Let’s start from the very beginning! Thanks to all of you that have hopped on to join me on this new adventure! Wanted to sing a little of the song that first debut at country radio in 1997. (Yes, I’m aging myself ????, and im OK woth that). #downcameablackbird #blackbird #lilamccann #countrymusictiktoks #countrymusic #90sthrowback #90scountry #femalecountryartist #femalecountry #lila

♬ original sound – Lila McCann
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