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"National Anthem Girl" to Make History by Completing "Star Spangled Banner" Tour in All 50 States
Janine Stange will Mark Tennessee as 50th State with Performance for NFL's Titans Game
Invited to Perform at Ft. McHenry Celebration
(Nashville, Tennessee) -- Janine Stange, who has come to be known as "The National Anthem Girl," is set to make history by completing her mission to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" in all 50 states in time for the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key penning the lyrics for the hallowed song on September 14, 2014.
The Long Island, NY native has performed the Anthem in 43 states to date, and the final seven are scheduled. Tennessee will mark her 50th state, when she sings prior to the Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL preseason game in Nashville on August 28 at 7:00pm CST. Janine has also been invited to perform for MLB's Detroit Tigers (Aug. 16), aboard the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor (Aug. 22), and she will open the festivities of the 200th Anniversary for the Star Spangled Spectacular at Baltimore's Ft. McHenry (Sept. 14).
At each stop, Janine sets up a table after she performs and provides blank "thank you" cards for attendees to write messages to our deployed military and veterans. Each card goes into an Operation Gratitude military care package.
"I love the Star Spangled Banner, and the brave men and women who embody its meaning," said Janine. "I believe gratitude is the core of patriotism. Giving others the opportunity to personally thank those who keep us free to sing our nation's anthem is an honor. Seeing parents explain what the word 'patriotism' or 'veteran' means to their children as they write out a thank you note together is priceless."
Janine has been performing the Star Spangled Banner since high school. As she continued to sing, she recounts getting to meet real American heroes, and says, "I began to feel it was the thing I had to do." She 'officially' began her journey to all 50 states on July 3, 2012 at the Tampa Yankees vs Dunedin Blue Jays MiLB game. Since then, audiences big and small have witnessed her journey including: NY Knicks, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Nets, NHMS Sprint Cup NASCAR Race, Pro Bull Riders, LA Kings, UCLA, Southern Mississippi, Xavier University, and many more.
Her determination and patriotism caught the attention of Fox & Friends, and this past April, she was invited to share her mission and perform live in studio on national television. Although much of the initial funding has come from her own savings and airline points, Stange has set up a non-profit so supporters can donate funds to help defray her travel costs associated with visiting all 50 states.
"For 90 seconds, no matter who we voted for, or what team we want to win - we are as one. When we stand with our hands over our hearts, we are singing 'our song.' That is always to be regarded as a privilege, not a formality. I hope this mission brings a renewed awareness, honor and respect for those who have fought and sacrificed their time, well being, families...and lives for our freedom."
For a list of upcoming performances, for more information about Janine, or to donate, please visit:
Recent articles about Janine's journey:
A Great American Journey Reaches Its End: http://bit.ly/NAGOjoef
National Anthem Singing Quest: http://bit.ly/NAGOsd
For media inquiries and bookings contact:
Phone: 516-810-4451| Email: info-at sign-nationalanthemgirl.org
Thoughts about our National Anthem from Janine:
Just like many young girls aspiring to become singers, I always performed the National Anthem for my high school and college sporting events - it was the thing to do. As I continued to sing and had opportunities to meet real American heroes, I began to feel it was the thing I had to do. Those of us who haven't served in the Armed Forces can only imagine what a soldier goes through. I count it a honor to sing this song, it never gets old or 'routine' to me. I can only hope that everyone who is within the sound of my voice is brought the same point of honor and respect for those who have fought and sacrificed their time, well being, families...and lives for our freedom.
I pray we never forget the privilege it is that we can sing the National Anthem. I wrote this poem below while getting ready to travel for a National Anthem performance. It sums up how I feel about this song...our song...Our National Anthem.
"Our National Anthem"
It is an undeniably patriotic moment
That spans ninety seconds of time
When differences dissolve and agendas align
When we honor the bravery, the sacrifice and the hope
May we never forget the spirit, the struggles ...or a soul
When we remember our heritage, our strength and our love
May we never forget - we are the United States of America
As we stand - covering our hearts with our hands
All our voices unite as one - and sing
Our National Anthem
Live the moment. Create a movement.
written by: Janine Stange. "The National Anthem Girl" tm