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ONE GIRL. ONE SONG. 50 STATES. ALL IN THE NAME OF PATRIOTISM.
Janine Stange, also known as The National Anthem Girl, made history once when she was invited to sing the National Anthem for MetLife Stadium's inaugural event, the Konica Minolta Big City Classic in April 2010.
Now Janine’s goal is to make history once again by performing the National Anthem in all 50 states before September 14, 2014, which marks its 200th anniversary from the time Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics for the song.
Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Janine Stange currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where she founded the non-profit National Anthem Girl. She performed the Star Spangled Banner hundreds of times throughout high school, college and even during her career as a recording artist. In 2008, Janine released her third studio album, which was later distributed to iTunes and included a recording of the National Anthem in an effort to honor America.
Her goal to sing in all 50 states with National Anthem Girl originally started in 2012 as she was touched by those who give meaning to our nation’s song, especially the men and women who serve in our country’s military. Fueled by a desire to promote patriotism, Janine’s mission didn’t take much time to capture the attention of national media and local news outlets. On April 14, 2014, Janine appeared as a guest on Fox & Friends, America’s #1 morning cable talk show, with hosts Elisabeth Hasselhoff, Steve Doosy and Eric Bolling. As part of her appearance, Janine was asked to sing the Anthem on the national program, which reached millions of viewers and inspired many to donate and support her cause to help alleviate costs to travel to all 50 states.
As a result of the Fox and Friends appearance, Janine was contacted to perform at other notable events such as the Detroit Tigers on August 16th.
Supporters were thrilled to learn that her performances also included a way for individuals and attendees to fill out blank “thank you” cards to express their gratitude for our military. Each card is then included in a care package sent by Operation Gratitude, a volunteer-based non-profit that annually sends 100,000 care packages to individually named U.S. service members, veterans and care givers.
Past performances from Janine include singing the National Anthem for: NY Knicks, NY Nets, Cincinnati Reds, Pro Bull Riders, MLL Championships, Tennis Hall of Fame, Patriot Tour with Marcus Luttrell, Monster Jam, AMA Supercross, Brooklyn Nets, LA Kings, LA Galaxy, NY Islanders, Georgia Tech, Xavier University, UCLA and more.
For more information, please visit www.nationalanthemgirl.org
To donate, please visit: www.igg.me/at/NationalAnthem
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