In less than two weeks, Molly Kate Kestner's original song "His Daughter" has drawn international attention and media coverage – and by Thursday morning had nearly 1.5 million hits on YouTube.
It's all a lot to take in for an 18-year-old Austin high school senior. She's brought Ashley Judd and George Takei to tears. And in addition to media attention from the likes of the Hollywood Gossip to the HuffingtonPost, Kestner has gotten countless personal messages from around the world about the song, which is about an unexpected pregnancy and a woman's faith in God.
In a new interview, Kestner tells KAAL-TV in Austin that one teacher contacted her to say that she showed the video to a student who had just found out she was pregnant.
"[She] told me you may have just altered the course of this girl's life," Kestner said.
Kestner posted the song on Easter Sunday to Facebook, and soon was getting up to 10 Facebook friend requests a second, she said.
"I was like, 'Wow, what do I do? I don't want to turn these people down, they say they want to listen to my music."
Kestner has said she planned to talk to record companies about recording the song, but she wasn't looking for fame.
"I feel like I wouldn't be fulfilling my passion and my purpose if I wasn't writing songs that make people think," she told KAAL, "or inspire people, or at least lift them up and make them feel like someone understands what they are going through right now."