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A group of shoppers who gathered for the kickoff of an Alabama Walmart’s pickup service had no clue they’d also get the chance to witness a miniature concert. As the shoppers piled into the store, one employee stopped them all in their tracks when she began singing the National Anthem.
That employee was Sabrina Barnes, who has been singing since she was a young. But as she told AL.com, she hasn’t really performed since middle school.
Although she hasn’t performed in quite some time, Barnes said that one of her assistant managers knew she had talent. That’s why she was the one asked to sing the National Anthem for the pickup service ceremony.
The song has special significance to Barnes at this point in her life, because her son recently joined the military. With her son in mind, Barnes began to tear up as she sang the National Anthem for the Walmart customers who gathered to watch her:
“I started to cry when I sang it,” Barnes said. “The song has more meaning to me now, because my son recently joined the military and just left for basic training. I didn’t get to see him off because I had the flu. All of this happened on my birthday, so it’s been an emotional time.”
Barnes channeled her emotion into her National Anthem performance, which was as gorgeous as could be. She hit all of the tricky high notes with ease, which surely earned the admiration of those who watched her.
It also earned the admiration of well over 400,000 people. One customer filmed Barnes’ performance and shared it on Facebook, and it went viral. As of press time, that video has now been viewed 440,000 times.
This whole experience has convinced Barnes to get back to singing again. She’s even looking to audition for some singing competition series, including The Voice.
“I’d love to try out for ‘The Voice.’ I was supposed to do it before, but I lost my voice!” she said. “I can’t wait to try again!”
We can’t wait either, because we think she’d be perfect for The Voice! Just watch her National Anthem performance below to see what we mean.