The Outside Lands artist brings the daughter onto the stage, the audience faints

Hearts fainted at the San Francisco Outside Lands Festival last Saturday as singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon brought his daughter onto the Sutro stage.

The audience could be heard broadcasting a collective “awww” as 7-year-old Cecila entered the stage.

Cecilia joined her father by his grand piano covered in stickers, and while McMahon played, the two sang the heartwarming song he wrote for her, called “Cecilia and the Satellite.”

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness will perform at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 2021 at Golden Gate Park on October 30, 2021 in San Francisco, California.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness will perform at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 2021 at Golden Gate Park on October 30, 2021 in San Francisco, California.

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For all the things my eyes have seen, the best is far from you.
If I could fly, I would know
What life looks like from above and below.
I wanted to keep you safe, I wanted to keep you dry.
Do not be afraid, Cecilia, I’m the satellite.
And you are heaven.

I have a café crawling through Amsterdam.
I’ve been around the world with a punk rock band.
And I’ve seen London, and I’ve played Japan.
I have been overthrown, I got up again.
For all the places I’ve been, I’m nowhere without you.

During the chorus, the audience was present, some with tears in their eyes. The moment ended with McMahon and Cecilia giving each other a huge hug, and McMahon picked up his daughter and lifted her up on the piano so that her feet moved across the keys.

McMahon wrote the song in 2014 when his wife, Kelly Hansch, was pregnant with their daughter. It was released as a single and later on his album “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.” The song became a radio hit.

Before McMahon’s daughter joined him, he told of his battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2005 at the age of 22. He mentioned his foundation Dear Jack Foundation, which supports young and young adult cancer patients, survivors and their families.

McMahon was vocalist and pianist for the band Something Corporate and has recently performed as a solo act under his own name or the moniker Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

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