new york

national anthem

This week I was asked to sing the national anthem at the Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons game. What an adventure. I’m always reminded when I sing the anthem that words have different meanings depending on who’s voicing them. I’m moved at how deeply present I feel in our country’s story when I’m in moments like these. My America is one that belongs to the people I know, the people I love, and the people who have sacrificed so that I can stand up and sing as a free person.

The anthem is not simple, but it's a good litmus test for a singer and for a citizen. I’m so thankful for these opportunities to challenge myself and for the incredible support system that encourages me to take risks.

S/o to my family for listening to my rehearsals and giving me notes.

S/o to Missy Robles for joining me, as well as shooting and editing this video.