Lilian Min
April 09, 2015 11:02 am

Singing the national anthem is such a loaded honor — on the one hand, you’re singing the national anthem, and on the other hand, that means that you can’t. miss. a. note. Hit it right, and you’ll go down in anthem history; bust a run, or forget the words, and everyone will call you out. Luckily, Marlana VanHoose not only remembered all of the words, but she shut it down when she sang “The Star Spangled Banner” for presidential candidate Rand Paul’s announcement event.

VanHoose, who was born with cerebral palsy and is blind, showed no fear before taking the stage and unleashing a clear, no frills take on the patriotic song. Despite her family’s initial fears that she wouldn’t live for more than a year after her birth, VanHoose has clearly beat the odds, and inspires us all with her incredible vocal ability:

This is far from the first time VanHoose has performed the national anthem live, and when she’s getting standing ovations for her patriotic performances, she’s doing covers of your favorite tunes.

Check our VanHoose’s covers of Etta James’ “At Last” and Frozen hit “Let It Go” below, and listen to more of her incredible singing on her YouTube channel.

We are just in awe. We love this talented girl!

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