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A family trip on June 16, to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. thrust Star Swain into the national spotlight when her compelling rendition of the Star Spangled Banner went viral with more than 40 million views online. A moment of moving beyond fear has propelled Swain along her path to fulfilling her dreams.
Since her impromptu performance that stopped tourists in their tracks, Star has become an Internet sensation covered by media outlets throughout the country. She has appeared on major network broadcasts from CBS Evening News with Scott Pelly and Inside Edition, to CNN and FOX and Friends. Star made her television performance debut on July 1, 2016, when she sang the national anthem live on Good Morning America. She was also featured as the ABC News “Person of the Week.” She has made several guest appearances singing the Star Spangled Banner on national platforms including the MGM Grand
Garden Arena in Las Vegas and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where she sang the anthem on July 28, 2016 — the same day Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted the party’s nomination for president of the United States.
Star just recently performed the "God Bless America" during the NASCAR Bank of America 500 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 9. She will also be featured in the “Artist Spotlight” segment of BET’s "Joyful Noise," a new Sunday morning gospel
show hosted by award-winning recording artist Tye Tribbett. The episode will air in the spring of 2017.
Troubled by social unrest that emerged in June after the shooting deaths of two civilians and five police officers, Star released her first single on July 28, 2016, entitled Home of the Brave, written to inspire national healing and unity.
Star has been an educator for 14 years. She earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership Administration from Florida State University and began doctoral studies in Educational Policy and Evaluation. Star will plan to use her national platform to continue to help make positive changes in the educational system, particularly bridging the learning gap between lower- and upper-class children in schools.
Swain is a diverse musician whose singing ability embraces a broad range of genres including R&B, jazz, funk and gospel – her roots.