Tom Morello Surprises Viral 10-Year-Old Musician With His Signature Guitar

By Eliot Hill

June 23, 2020

Nandi Bushell has become a viral sensation due to her incredible musical skills. The 10-year-old has wowed us with her drumming skills time and time again, and is also really good at playing the guitar and bass, too.

Earlier this month, Tom Morello congratulated Bushell on a job well done when she covered Rage Against the Machine's “Guerilla Radio,” on bass, guitar, and drums in support of the Black Lives Matters movement.

Now, on Monday (June 22) Bushell and her parents revealed that the legendary guitarist surprised the 10-year-old with his signature Fender Stratocaster!

Shared in a YouTube video, Morello recorded a video message applauding her skills and letting her know he can't wait to hear more from her.

“Hey Nandi, I’d like you to have this guitar as a gift from me to you because you rock so great, and to see someone rocking so great who is so young, it really gives me hope for the future,” he said. “I didn’t start playing guitar until I was 17 years old, so you are way, super-far ahead of me, and I look forward to hearing a lot more of your music in the future. You’ve got a lot of soul, and here’s a little Soul Power to go with it. Keep it up!”

As you'll see in the video, Bushell is beyond excited to receive the message and guitar from Morello and can be seen smiling from ear-to-ear in the video. 

“Wow! From the actual Tom Morello,” she said before opening the guitar case and screaming. “Thank you so, so much Tom Morello for this beautiful guitar. I can't wait to jam with you, thank you so, so much!”

Photo: YouTube // Nandi Bushell

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