Sunday afternoon, 8-year-old singer Malea Emma took to the stage in Fontana, California, in order to perform the national anthem. She would be the one setting the stage for the Auto Club 400 and was expected to provide a powerful rendition.
The end result was much better than what many fans had hoped for. Emma showed off the power of her voice and built up even more excitement for Sunday's race. NASCAR fans were left stunned and wanted to voice that opinion to everyone with a Twitter account.
Following Emma's performance, these stunned fans headed to social media and made proclamations about the young singer. Some said that she had done the best job ever while others called for NASCAR to put her on retainer.
There were a few users on social media that wanted to make critical comments about Emma, but the overwhelming majority of fans made their support very clear. They loved this rendition of the national anthem and wanted to see Emma perform again in the future.
Following Emma's performance of the national anthem, there were thousands of fans stunned by the power of her voice. They did not expect this song to be performed in such a way, and they simply left amazed in the aftermath.
In the opinion of many NASCAR fans, there has never been a better performance of the national anthem prior to a sporting event. There have been very impressive renditions, but they believe that Emma stands alone as the best ever.
Singer on Retainer
NASCAR generally features multiple performers throughout the racing season. This provides multiple singers with the opportunity to belt out the national anthem prior to a highly-anticipated race.
Following Emma's performance, however, there are some NASCAR fans hoping for a change. Instead of going with a rotation of singers, they would prefer to see the 8-year-old become the permanent performer for the 2020 season.
When Emma took the stage to perform the national anthem, there were some NASCAR fans concerned about her age and overall size. Could an 8-year-old impress while singing the iconic song?
The answer, as it turns out, is a resounding yes. The fans were impressed and amazed that Emma could sing in such a powerful manner despite being so young.
As many NASCAR fans pointed out on Twitter following the national anthem, they were simply astounded by the power in Emma's voice. Her ability to sing in such a manner was downright impressive.
Some fans, however, couldn't help but chuckle at the way in which Emma exited the stage. Following her performance of the national anthem, she quietly said "thank you" before walking away. It was a stark difference from her actual singing.
Best National Anthem singing, and now the best command in a long time. Race is starting out good. #AutoClub400— Colten Van Dyke (@colt45det2) March 1, 2020
Heading into Sunday's Auto Club 400, the fans were unsure about the day's proceedings. They knew that Emma would perform the national anthem while David Boreanaz would give the command to start the engines prior to the race. But would the fans be left disappointed by either person?
Following the green flag waving to start the race, the fans on social media made it clear that they were in full support of both Emma and Boreanaz. They thought the national anthem was downright impressive and that the command to start the engines just enhanced the excitement.
I saw the viral video of her anthem at a soccer game.
So glad Nascar pulled her in— texas dad (@20meansspeed) March 1, 2020
Emma may not have been a household name to some NASCAR fans prior to Sunday, but she has actually performed the national anthem at various events. For example, she sang prior to an L.A. Kings game, as well as at the home opener for the XFL's L.A. Wildcats.
With these performances in recent memory, the fans felt that it was only fitting that Emma would sing the national anthem for NASCAR. This hopes were fulfilled on Sunday when she took the stage.
When a kid does better than most adults— Jack Callahan (@Cal915121Jack) March 1, 2020
There were several NASCAR fans that were downright surprised after watching Emma's national anthem performance. It was impressive, but they were far more surprised by the age of the singer.
There have been countless examples of adults performing the national anthem prior to sporting events, but the fans didn't believe that any compared to the version on Sunday. In their opinion, this 8-year-old was a much better singer.
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