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April 6, 2009

Corbin 6-year-old to sing anthem

Corbin girl to open May Legends game

By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer



She’s six years old, about three feet tall with eyes that sparkle and a grin that would light up the darkest room.

Corbin’s Nancy Jane Jackson has been chosen to sing the national anthem at the May 31 Lexington Legends baseball game.

It won’t be her first public performance — she’s sung solos, duets, trios with her family and with the children’s choirs at Immanuel Baptist Church.

She’s even sung The National Anthem at a Corbin football game.

And that made her father, Brent Jackson, a Corbin High football coach, think she might be chosen to sing for The Legends. He had seen information about it on Lexington television.

On Feb. 14 she auditioned at Fayette Mall with more than 300 others who wanted the chance to sing the anthem.

“We filled out an application and they gave me a call,” her mother, Jenni Lou, said. “We drove to Lexington and she auditioned. It was a big stage and she got up there and sang in front of the whole crowd in front of three judges. About a month later they contacted us that she had been chosen to sing.”

Of the children who also auditioned, Nancy Jane was probably one of the youngest, Jenni said.

But there were all ages from children, and even adults, groups and duets.

Nancy Jane said she had sung The National Anthem, “Only at the little places, not like the big places.”

“We’ve been practicing it since she was little. She sings it every day with the intercom at her school,” Jenni said. “She sings it every day with her class.”

“So that’s how I practice,” Nancy Jane said.

Asked why The National Anthem is sung, she answered, “It’s to give thanks to our country. We sing for our country and our freedom. And I think that’s all I know.”

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