Friday, January 14, 2011

America Is Not Dead long as we have patriots like this we will live forever

I have something in my eye...The combination of that girl's beautiful voice, her poise, and then the crowd...Wow. ~ Source

Chesapeake Girl's Anthem At Scope A YouTube hit
"...gaining more than 2 million hits by early Friday morning"
A microphone failure and a viral video have cast an 8-year-old Chesapeake girl into the national spotlight.  Elizabeth Hughes has gained attention for her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that was cut short when her microphone died. She sang last weekend at an Admirals hockey game at Norfolk’s Scope.
The girl had just finished the line “the bombs bursting in air” when the microphone went silent.  Composed beyond her years, Elizabeth kept singing – although her voice wasn’t audible to the crowd. The spectators soon joined in for a rousing finish and gave the girl a nice reception.
A YouTube video of the performance posted by Elizabeth’s mother, Dorothy Hughes, has become a sensation, gaining more than 2 million hits by early Friday morning.
Meanwhile, the interview requests for the third-grader at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater have been streaming in, said her father, Ralph Hughes. Among the requests: a pending interview on CBS’ “The Early Show.”
“We’re just basking in her 15 minutes of fame,” said Ralph Hughes, calling from the studios of WTKR-TV NewsChannel 3 in Norfolk, where Elizabeth recorded an interview Thursday.
She also recorded a segment via satellite for the cable TV show “Inside Edition,” which was set to air Thursday night.
“Everything is happening pretty fast, just from that moment,” her dad said.
The family has lived in Hampton Roads since 2004, moving from New Orleans. Ralph is a retired Marine, and Dorothy is a fifth-grade teacher at Hebrew Academy.
Elizabeth, a crystal-clear soprano, was selected to sing the national anthem after her parents submitted a demo tape to the Admirals.
Elizabeth is a member of the Virginia Children’s Chorus and loves musical theater.
Her mother notes that the Admirals’ crowd didn’t get to hear Elizabeth’s big finish – the amazing high note she hits at the end of “land of the free ” – but they will have another chance.
The Admirals have invited her back to sing at the Feb. 5 game.
“It turned out to be a wonderful moment for everybody,” her dad said.
Rashod Ollison, (757) 446-2732,

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