One of the best parts of big sporting events here in the USA is the playing of the national anthem prior to the start. While some people have had embarrassingly poor attempts at singing the difficult arrangement, others can bring chills and tears to your eyes.
Before a women’s college basketball game at Syracuse University, 3-year-old Drake Winslow was invited to sing the national anthem prior to their School Day game against Niagara.
Watch little Drake sing his heart out in the video below!
Did you catch the crowd’s reaction at the end? Even the opposing team couldn’t stop their smiles! The Syracuse team even stopped by to congratulate Drake at the end.
This isn’t the only national anthem sang by a child to go viral either.
A 7-year-old girl’s rendition of the national anthem at an MLS soccer game went viral earlier this year, and for good reason too.
Malea Emma Tjandrawawidjaja sang the national anthem prior to a match between the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders at the Stub Hub Centre in Los Angeles. For someone so small, she certainly has some serious pipes!
“I was thinking that I cannot do anything wrong because it’s a really special song to America,” said Malea Emma to ABC News.
Watch her amazing performance in the video below:
Last week, the Galaxy announced that Malea Emma had won their national anthem contest and would sing the anthem prior to the game on Sunday.
Malea Emma practiced non-stop before her big moment. “I practice every night with my dad,” she said.
Before winning the Galaxy’s anthem contest, Malea Emma has won other contests as well. She won the American Protege International Vocal Competition when she was only 5 years old and sang in Carnegie Hall. She also has sung at LA Live, a talent show in downtown LA.
If the 7-year-old was nervous before her performance, it sure didn’t show it. “Always before I sing, my heart will beat really, really fast,” she said.
“We don’t know where this will end up going,” said her father about her new fame. “We are just trying to introduce her to a lot of opportunities.”