A Troup County 12-year-old traveled to Turner Field to sing the National Anthem at the Braves game in Atlanta Sunday.
Kaylee King is a student at Gardner Newman Middle School who submitted an audition tape and was asked to perform at the Major League Baseball game.
“I was excited but a little nervous at the same time, she said. “I was standing near a player I liked.”
Dennis King said his daughter was about 10 feet from National League All-Star and Braves third-baseman Chipper Jones when she was on the field.
“This is the biggest stage she’s sang on so far,” he said.
Other stages include schools and the New Horizon Theatre, where she played the part of an Oompa Loompa in Willy Wonka Jr., among other shows. She will be auditioning for the part of Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” and Annie in “Annie” later this month.
“She blows me away every time she sings,” King said.
Prior to her performance, event coordinators asked King to choose a date and sell 250 tickets to the game. Family and friends drove two hours north for the big game, where the Braves beat the Houston Astros 6-1.
King said daughter Kaylee’s 90 seconds at the microphone was well worth 250 tickets and the two-hour drive.
“She is awesome, does good in school and is well-behaved,” he said. “She does what she is supposed to do, so I do all I can do to help make her dreams come true.”
King started singing 4 years ago and said she hopes to sing at Atlanta Hawks and Falcons games next.