As mountainous songs go, "The Star Spangled Banner" is kind of the K2 of public singing -- a challenge that daunts even the best professional singers, and with good reason because it's awfully difficult to pull off. But if you think you have what it takes, the Durham Bulls are looking for a few good anthem singers to inaugurate home games for the upcoming 2013 baseball season, which opens April 8 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Auditions happen March 16 at the Streets at Southpoint; check here for details.
So if you're wanting to get in touch with your inner Whitney Houston and sing the national anthem in front of a crowd -- and really, who isn't? -- here's your chance. The Durham Bulls are holding open auditions for singers to perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at games during the 2012 baseball season. That happens March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon on a first-come-first-served basis.
The rules: Auditioners will have 90 seconds to perform the national anthem, from memory and in a "traditional style." For additional details, contact Andrew Bryda at 919/687-6545 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, the season's opening day is April 5.
Ten-year-old Katherine Fritsch sings the national anthem before the Carolina Hurricanes play the Pittsburgh Penguins at the RBC Center Saturday May ... more
"I'm proud of it," she says with a laugh. "I barely even remember it happening, it was so fast. But I was so excited. There was a little meet-and-greet, very quick, and I introduced myself and thanked him for all the things he was doing. He couldn't have been more genuine. He's so at ease, whether he's on a stage or speaking to just one person. It was so amazing."
Merritt is back in Paris to "recoup and write," she says. Perhaps that means a new song or two will turn up on the solo live album she's recording in England later this month.