Prince, Beyonce, Whitney Houston — just about every famous singer gets a crack at the national anthem at some point. And while most performances are fine, more than a few have fallen flat. It’s one of the reasons why when a non-professional singer steps up to the mic at a ballgame and hits a home run, fans are blown away. Which is exactly what happened on Sunday when a 7-year-old shocked the crowd at an LA Galaxy game with a stunning rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, who on Twitter describes herself as a “singer, actor, model, & anthem girl,” hit the field after winning a contest to sing the anthem at the Galaxy’s match against the Seattle Sounders.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) September 24, 2018
The official LA Galaxy Twitter was quick to shout out Tjandrawidjaja and call her performance one of the best national anthem performances in the history of the StubHub Center, where the Galaxy play their home games. And it has to have been. Seriously, listen to this kid. Tjandrawidjaja has an enormous voice for a 7-year-old, not to mention boatloads of courage for singing in front of so many people, and she absolutely crushes it. Not only does she nail all the words, something more than one adult has failed to do, but she even jazzes it up, makes it her own.
Not surprisingly, this isn’t the first time she’s been in front of a big audience either. The 7-year-old actually made her first television debut in 2013 on the show Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories. Still, Tjandrawidjaja has also been blowing audiences away with her brilliant performance as Molly in a recent rendition the play Annie that went up at the Hollywood Bowl this Summer. With a talent that prolific, chances are you’ll be seeing a lot of her in the coming years.