Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Anna Rene Morris Singer Has Her Eye on Broadway

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Anna Rene Morris Singer Has Her Eye on Broadway

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Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

When 17-year-old Anna Rene Morris of Fernandina Beach steps out onto Turner Field on Aug. 4 to sing the national anthem before the Atlanta Braves take on the St. Louis Cardinals, it won't be an entirely new experience.

When she was in sixth grade, she was a member of the Callenwald Singers, which performed The Star-Spangled Banner at the Braves' previous home field, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

"I remember it was really big," Morris said.

This time, Morris will be alone before a potential crowd of 60,000.

"I think it's going to be different," she said. "We stood together toward one side, but this time, I'll be out there by myself, on the mound.

"But I love to entertain. It's going to be exciting."

In the spotlight is just where the clear-toned soprano wants to be.

Singing at a Braves game is only one of the goals Morris has set for herself. Ultimately, she wants to star in Broadway musicals.

Morris has been singing as long as she can remember. Her mother, Suzanne, remembers that even before her daughter could talk, she made humming noises in her throat.

"I think it was her vocal cords wanting to sing even then," Suzanne Morris said.

Morris has matched that desire with self-discipline and work. She's sung with multiple a capella groups and performed for numerous organizations and gatherings in Georgia.

Singing God Bless America at a patriotic rally in Dublin, Ga., after Sept. 11 was one of the most memorable.

"I had to close my eyes to keep from crying," she said.

Morris used to make the one-hour drive from Dublin to Vidalia, Ga., to study with a voice teacher. Now that the family has relocated to Fernandina Beach, she's still making the trek, now a two-hour drive.

She also is preparing to attend college this fall. …

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