A woman from Avoca was chosen to sing the national anthem — without even auditioning — at Thursday’s rally featuring President Donald Trump.
Alicia Lynn Savinelli, 26, frequently played with her band at McGrath’s Pub & Eatery in Dalton. Owner Jimmy McGrath spoke highly of Savinelli and recommended her to his friend Tom Weber, who has connections with the Barletta camp.
“I got the call from Weber offering me the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the Mohegan Sun (Arena),” said Savinelli. “I asked if he was sure and Weber told me that he saw all the Facebook videos and that I had to be the one.
“I just really want to live up to the expectations.”
Savinelli, who told Fox 56 News she is a Trump supporter, is excited for the opportunity.
“It’s such an honor to perform in front of President Trump but I would have performed for President Obama or anyone else if I had the opportunity,” she said.
Savinelli almost got her big break five years ago when she auditioned for the reality singing show ‘The Voice.” She made it through several rounds before she found out producers had already settled on a cast.
But that was then.
Now, the president awaits.
“It will certainly be the largest crowd that I’ve ever performed in front of,” Savinelli said. “But the fact that the president of the U.S. will listen to my voice, words can’t describe how that feels.”
Savinelli is no stranger to singing the national anthem in public. She sang the anthem last June before a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game at PNC Field.
Savinelli couldn’t thank Jimmy McGrath enough for recommending her, and her family for all their love, advice and support.
“After hearing me sing, I hope people can get to know who I am as an artist,” Savinellii said. “It’s just so nice hearing people talk so nicely about me; a small town girl who likes to sing.”
She added: “Hopefully, all goes well and I don’t mess up the lyrics, but I hope to be invited back to sing for a future rally. If I don’t get an invite back, it’s a memory that I’ll always have.”
Videos of Savinelli and her band can be found on the group’s Facebook page Alicia Lynn or on Instagram at AliciaLynn_music.
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