9-Year-Old Phenom Steps Up To Mic At Last Minute To Sing National Anthem When No One Else Can

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

An entertainer should always be ready to perform … you just never know who could be watching.

Marley McAninch, 9, has been singing ever since she was a baby.

She’s constantly singing around the house and has performed in various plays and musicals.

One evening, Marley’s mom received a text message asking if her daughter would be willing to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a local Little League championship game in Southern California.

The game was the following day, but Marley said yes without hesitation and jumped at the opportunity just like any pro would do.

Marley barely had any time to practice and rehearse the national anthem, which makes it all the more impressive, considering its high level of difficulty for even the most accomplished singers.

In a 2012 article, ABC News wrote the following:

“Michael Dean, chair of the Department of Music and director of vocal studies at UCLA, has trained various talent on how to sing the national anthem, from opera and pop singers to amateur vocalists.

“The song is difficult, even for the most trained singer, he said, because it calls for an enormous vocal range, including the ability to sing a vowel on the highest note of the piece — on ‘free’ — which physically strains the throat.

“‘[The song] goes from the lowest extreme of the voice to the highest extreme of the voice,’ Dean said. ‘The thing people forget to do is start the piece low enough so that high notes are not too high for them at the end.'”

Marley’s impromptu rendition was captured on camera and has since gone viral with hundreds of thousands of views — turning the California girl into an internet sensation almost overnight.

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