Star SwainVocal Performance Artist
A family trip on June 16, 2016 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 50 million views online. Her reach has been international with social media posts from across the world including Singapore, Bahrain and Australia describing the impact her spirited rendition of the national anthem had on listeners. 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, Swain 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. Swain 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.”
Swain has made several guest appearances singing the Star Spangled Banner on national platforms including 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 historic nomination for president of the United States. After her DNC appearance, Swain traveled to Washington D.C. to perform during a July 31 taping of BET’s “Joyful Noise,” a new Sunday morning gospel show hosted by award- winning recording artist Tye Tribbett. Swain was featured in the “Artist Spotlight” segment of the show’s March 12, 2018 episode.
On June 23, 2016, Swain sang the national anthem live on HBO in the center of the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas before the Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postal welterweight world championship fight. She has shared her voice at several national sporting events including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, in Concord, NC and National Football League games featuring the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On September 17, 2016, Swain performed with legendary country music artist and activist, Willie Nelson, during Farm Aid 2016, in Bristow, Va. She opened the annual food and farm festival and later joined a star-studded concert lineup that featured: Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Alison Krauss and many more. Swain’s voice has also been a blessing to others.
During a September performance at the Toyota’s Annual Dealers Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Toyota Foundation made a $25,000 donation to Jefferson County Middle/High School, where Swain formerly served as an assistant principal. The company’s contribution was used to advance students’ learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Swain is using her new public platform to address social issues currently plaguing the United States. Troubled by social unrest that emerged in June after the shooting deaths of two civilians and five police officers, Swain was moved to use her voice to inspire national unity and healing. She teamed up with close friends to produce her first single titled “Home of the Brave,” released July 28, 2016. Swain will be releasing a new EP in the fall of 2017 that will carry messages of hope, togetherness, and unity for our nation. For Swain, singing is part of her life’s calling to use her voice as an instrument to inspire, uplift and empower people through music.
Star Swain: Viral Video, youtube.com
Farm Aid 2016 https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/road2farmaid?source=feed_text&story_id=305939933120804 https://www.flickr.com/photos/farmaid/albums/72157670690469533/with/29662566481/
ABC: Good Morning America – July 1, 2016 Live Performance:
Entire Segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dljf61QXao
ABC News “Person of the Week” – July 1, 2016 http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/assistant-principal- catches-fire-rendition-national-anthem-40292988
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley – June 28, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NyQr0bgeb8
NPR – July 2, 2016 http://www.npr.org/2016/07/02/484474040/star-swains-impromptu-national-anthem- performance-goes-viral