Appearances are known to be deceptive. Even so, no one was ready for what happened when 7-year-old Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja opened her mouth to start singing the national anthem before Sunday’s L.A. Galaxy-Seattle Sounders soccer match.
Malea, who won a competition to sing the anthem before the weekend game, told CBS’s Jamie Yuccas, “Always before I sing, my heart will beat really, really fast.”
You wouldn’t have known, as she raised her left arm and filled the stadium with those first powerful notes, before delivering a diva-worthy performance of The Star-Spangled Banner.
Malea began singing as an infant, and has already performed at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. And although she is clearly dedicated, don’t presume her dreams are narrow: When asked by Yuccas what she wanted to be when she grows up, she said, “a singer, doctor, actress, violinist.” Watch this space.
Watch Malea crush the national anthem before a 25,000-strong crowd:
See Malea belt out her “favorite song,” Jennifer Holliday’s ‘And I am telling you I’m not going’: