WILKES-BARRE TWP.— Alicia Lynn Savinelli was a shy girl who found her love for singing while listening to her CD player alone in her room.
Now, the 26-year-old is going to sing for the president of the United States.
Savinelli, of Avoca, said she’s been chosen to sing the national anthem Thursday during a campaign rally for U.S. Rep Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, that will be headlined by President Donald Trump. The rally takes place at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Twp. “The president is going to hear me sing and it’s incredible; I’m so excited,” Savinelli said.
Savinelli had worked hard on her singing, and a few years ago felt ready to let the rest of the world in on her passion. She auditioned for the television show “The Voice” and, after making it through several rounds, made it all the way to the blind auditions on the show. However, before she could audition for the judges, the producers let her know the rosters were filled. It was a crushing blow for Savinelli, but she didn’t give up. Savinelli kept singing and her hard work will pay off when she sings for the president. According to Savinelli, Jimmy McGrath, the owner of McGrath’s Pub & Eatery, showed longtime friend Tom Weber some Facebook videos of Savinelli singing. Weber then passed along the videos to the right people because, a few days later, Savinelli received a phone call from Weber offering her the gig, even without an audition. She’ll sing at the event for Barletta attended by Trump and U.S. Rep Tom Marino, R-10, Lycoming Twp. “I wanted to do it for my family,“ Savinelli said. “I wanted to do it for them, the people who offered me the job, as well. I feel so honored.
— NICO ROSSI