Thursday, April 15, 2010

This is How the National Anthem Should Be Sung!

These girls, the Cactus Cuties, are from Lubbock, TX.  Their producer is Cami Caldwell.  Cami had obtained a day in LA so that the girls could audition for TV executives and perhaps land a part in something, but not much came out of it.

Then, the grandfather of one of the girls posted this video in early 2008 of the girls singing at a Texas Tech Basketball game so that other members of his family could see them.  The rest is history!  Here is part of an article about that original video:

By William Kerns
Tuesday, March 11, 2008

All that Ty Cooke, 62, wanted to do was make it easier for his family and friends to see and hear his 8-year-old granddaughter, Madeline, sing with Lubbock's Cactus Cuties.

He certainly never expected that two million others also would check them out.

On Feb. 2, Cooke posted his own - admittedly nonprofessional - video of the girls performing the "Star Spangled Banner" on the YouTube.

Since then, individuals and organizations from across the country have tried to locate or book Baylee Barrett, 13; Blaire Elbert, 11; Andi Kitten, 11; Tatum Lowe, 11; and Madeline Powell, 8 - known collectively as the Cactus Cuties.

Since Feb. 2, the video on the Web site has been watched more than two million times.
More than 1,000 people have left complimentary comments at the same site.

Several American soldiers stationed overseas also complimented the performance.

Cami Caldwell, 26, the group's artistic director and co-manager, said inquiries have arrived from Reebok and representatives of the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs.

Also, Lubbock is the home of Buddy Holly, Mac Davis, the Maines Brothers (father of one of the Dixie Chicks), and Wayland Jennings was from nearby Littlefield, TX. 

Here is the Cactus Cuties website:

This video from 4 years ago as they were starting out is just precious:

This video is especially close to my heart....the pictures are taken in Lubbock, TX where I lived for 30 years, so all the places are very familiar to me.  This is the video to their first single:

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