Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Atlantic Beach Teen to Sing for Jags; She's among Youngest in Role

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Atlantic Beach Teen to Sing for Jags; She's among Youngest in Role

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Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor

Tomorrow's rendition of The Star Spangled Banner at the Jacksonville Jaguars game will be brought to you by 13-year-old Daisy Glasser of Atlantic Beach.

Daisy, the daughter of Don and Ellen Glasser of Oceanwalk, has been on stage before, but never in front of a crowd anywhere near the 50,000-plus expected at Alltel Stadium, Ellen Glasser said this week.

"But she doesn't let nervousness take over," she said. "She puts the nervousness on the back burner. She's extremely confident in her ability to get out there and do it."

That will help, said Jacksonville Beach recording artist Rachel Kamps, who sang the national anthem at a Jaguars game in November 2000.

"The whole thing may seem bigger than life at first; she may be thinking, 'Wow, cool, look at all the people,' " Kamps said. "But she'll see that she has a job to do, and that she just needs to stay in the moment. You can't get distracted by the crowd, the noise, the event, the two-second delay in hearing your own voice, anything. She just needs to stare at the microphone and do it."

Daisy is an eighth-grader at Jacksonville's LaVilla School of the Arts, where she is a choral music student. She is a member of LaVilla's Chamber Singers and Show Choir. She started singing four years ago while living in the Seattle area. She began singing in her church youth choir and as a soloist with the Mercer Island Children's Performing Choir.

That's when her parents discovered she wasn't just another young vocalist.

"She was selected to perform a solo, something from Annie," her mother said. "She was 9; she really stood out. We didn't realize how much talent she had until then."

Since her family moved to Jacksonville in 1999, Daisy has won several talent competitions and has performed at venues throughout the South. She recently was selected as a member of the Florida All-State Choir. She has performed in a Beaches production of Annie and in the Billy Graham Kids Crusade. …

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