Local Girl Wows Crowd Singing National Anthem
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A Wayne County girl has been making a name for herself with some recent memorable performances, including a jaw-dropping rendition of the National Anthem at Thursday night's Sabres game.
Just talking with Baylee is an experience in itself. The eight-year-old is funny, articulate and full of energy, but her voice is at an octave well beyond her years and sports organizations throughout the state are taking notice.
The singing that echoes throughout the Morrison-Duncan house has become a melody the family has gotten quite used to.
Baylee’s mom Bonnie Morrison says, "Constantly, in the car, in the house."
As Baylee Morrison hits notes so high many are simply left in awe.
"I sing everywhere,” says Baylee.
When the singing stops, it's not for long. Baylee's father, a former rock band musician, was practicing at home when his daughter started to upstage him with what he calls perfect pitch.
Her father Tim Duncan says, "It's a gift. You have it or you don't and you can train and train and train but if you're tone deaf, you're tone deaf."
After practicing together, Baylee sang at a karaoke night for the first time.
"I sang the national anthem and I was like 'whoa did I just do that' and it was awesome," says the young singer.
After giving a memorable performance at a Rochester Amerks game, she got an opportunity to sing before the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens game on Thursday night.
Bonnie said, "The night before, I'm like, 'Baylee do you wanna go over it?' and she's like, 'No, I got it."
Bonnie added, "She looks so small when she goes out on the ice all by herself. The first thing she does when she comes off is say 'Did I make any mistakes?'"
Baylee's goal is to become what's called a 'triple threat' among Hollywood agents by conquering singing, acting, dancing, and everything in between. Her eye is already on the competition.
Baylee said, "I watch 'X Factor,' I watch 'American Idol,' 'America's Got Talent.' I'm like, 'Whoa I better start getting better and practicing.'"
"The entertainment business is not always nice," said Bonnie. "But if we can keep her grounded, and she can just be the wonderful child that she is as an adult, I think she'll fair okay."
"I could see myself singing at the Super Bowl," said Baylee.
"Her sisters get a little annoyed with her singing all the time, tell her to stop, but she loves it," said Bonnie. "She loves singing for people."
The Sabres have already invited Baylee back to sing at two upcoming games. Her mother has submitted her audition tape with the Yankees and the family is hoping for a call for Buffalo Bills auditions which are held in June.