Clifton Park resident Talia Denis has a budding musical career that got even bigger this past weekend when she performed the National Anthem at the start of Sunday’s New York Rangers game.
The teen learned all the correct lyrics and rehearsed the difficult melody in preparation for her performance at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at Madison Square Garden to kick off the Rangers vs. San Jose Sharks game. The game was televised, giving many of her hometown fans the opportunity to see her.
Talia Denis, 13 has been composing, singing, and recording since she put out her first demonstration single at age eight. That effort led to her recording her first real record in 2011 with New York City producers Zak Soulman and Michael Visceglia. From that effort her talent began to get recognized by a wider audience and the increased recognition led directly to the offer to perform before Sunday’s Rangers’ game.
“It all came about as the result of Talia’s growing popularity,” said her father and manager Stan Denis. “We were contacted late last week by Madison Square Garden. They asked if Talia would sing for both the Rangers and the Knicks. I think the offer has a lot to do with her approaching a million views on You Tube. It’s the momentum.”
The performance before the Knicks game has yet to be finalized.
Stan Denis said his daughter will perform the song live, a cappella, wearing a Rangers jersey. The performance will be compensated and the entire family also will enjoy food, beverages, and tickets to the game.
“They’re expecting 25,000 people at the game plus the TV audience,” Stan Denis said. “It’s a big deal. Rangers fans are real fanatics. It’ll definitely be the largest audience that has ever seen Talia perform.”
Denis said he and his daughter checked out the song’s official lyrics and he had Talia sing it for him several times before he accepted the offer.
“She’s been asked to sing the National Anthem many times in the past and we’ve always refused,” he said. “But you can’t turn this down. Madison Square Garden is the Holy Grail. It’s a world renowned venue.”
Denis said the offer proves to him that Talia’s musical skills are seen as having value by others and also lets he and his wife Kimberly know that the work they’ve done in recent years with their daughter’s musical talent is working.
“Singing the National Anthem is not something Talia normally does,” Denis said. “She’s a pop rock singer. The offer shows me she’s on the national map. Singing the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden is an honor most people will never get. When they ask you, you have to say yes.”
Denis said his daughter understands there will be a big echo in the hall and that there will be a vocal delay. She is already preparing and looking forward to the afternoon rehearsal. And she is learning all the words.
“I didn’t want her to be one of those foolish Americans who didn’t know the words,” Stan Denis said. “This is big. It’ll be on TV. You know someone out there will hear it if you miss a word or make a mistake and I didn’t want that to happen.”
In 2014 Talia Denis released her latest full length album, “So Alive”.
Information for this post came from The Saratogian.