Thanks to donations and a motivation to support and recognize America’s heroes, a New York native is getting a lot of attention.
Janine Stange is attempting to sing the Star Spangled Banner in all 50 states.
She already crossed North Carolina off her list when she sang at the Greensboro Coliseum in September 2012.
On Friday, she made stop number 47 on her journey, in Louisville, Ky.
Stange loved singing the national anthem throughout high school and college — the feeling of solidarity it creates for 90 seconds as it seems an entire crowd is focused on the men and women serving our country. With that, she began a cross-country quest.
When she realized the anthem is turning 200 in September, she picked things up, singing in five to six states a month.
Pulling it off has been a challenge. “A lot of phone calls,” she said, a lot of phone calls. A lot of looking online to see, well, this state, this city, and this state is pretty close to this one, so this could work if I flew in and drove to the other state, so it’s a lot of logistics.”
And after getting national press coverage and being labeled the “National Anthem Girl,” bookings got a lot easier.
Her favorite part comes after the song. She sets up a table and has thank-you cards ready for any fans who want to send a message to the troops.
“They end up being such amazing heartfelt notes that I’m so happy to be able to give people this opportunity,” Stange said. “So it’s been an American effort, a lot of people have come together to help me out, I’m grateful to be able to do this.”
Number 48 of her cross-country tour comes Saturday at the Detroit Tigers game in Michigan.
Hawaii is number 49 as she’ll sing on the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor on Friday, Aug. 22.
Stange’s journey ends Sept. 14 at the celebration at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Md., the place where the anthem was written.
For more information, visit www.nationalanthemgirl.org.