Ayla Brown to perform National Anthem at Republican National Convention
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/21/2016
Ayla Brown will be performing the National Anthem at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night.
The 27-year-old formerAmerican Idol contestant -- and the daughter of former Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown -- will be singing the National Anthem at the convention honoring the official Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in Cleveland at 7:45PM ET/PT on July 21.
After appearing on American Idol in 2005 and making it to the Top 16 -- the final round of the semifinals -- Ayla moved to Nashville to pursue her career in country music.
"From my Grand Ole Opry debut, my many tours overseas singing for our troops, numerous national anthem performances before sporting and political events, and, of course, singing with the Boston Pops Orchestra, I feel as though all of those moments have led me to this: singing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the Republican National Convention on Thursday," Ayla wrote in a column for the Boston Herald on Wednesday.
Ayla also sang the National Anthem at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.
When she was only 12-years-old, Ayla sang her first National Anthem at a local high school girls basketball game. She explained in her column how nervous she was to sing in front of people who were not her family, however, she realized after completing the task she'd love to have job in singing someday.
"Fast forward 15 years later, and I can't believe I'm saying it, but singing is my job. I wake up every morning and feel so blessed to be doing what I love," Ayla wrote.
"As I make my way to the RNC and take the stage on Thursday night, I am going to remember that moment when I was 12, holding a microphone for the first time in front of 75 people."
Scott only served one term as a Senator but is currently a contributor for Fox News.