You’ve seen a hundred national anthem singers in your day, but it’s a safe bet you haven’t seen many better than seven-year-old Malea Emma, who absolutely destroyed — in the best possible way — the national anthem prior to Saturday night’s MLS Cup:
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) December 9, 2018
Malea — full name Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja — had been singing the anthem at minor-league events all over the country. But, as a recent USA Today article noted, her stock began rising when she won praise from Zlatan Ibrahimovic after her performance at an LA Galaxy game in September. Last month, LeBron James applauded her performance prior to a Lakers game:
You need to zoom this picture in. That was @KingJames who turned around and gave me applause! Thank you #LebronJames! Means a lot to me! 😍 #maleaemma #NationalAnthem @Lakers #NationalAnthemsinger pic.twitter.com/EdzGZnih9q
— Malea Emma (@MaleaEmma) November 26, 2018
Her greatest dream? To sing prior to the Super Bowl. With performances like this one, it’s going to be tough to keep her away.
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