What we know about Nate Tao–besides the fact that he’s crooned at Fenway Park and does a mean rendition of a young Michael Jackson–is that he’s currently competing in the online Star-Spangled Banner Singing Contest sponsored by USA Weekend and the Smithsonian. What’s the grand prize for the win, you ask? Just the opportunity to perform at June 14′s Flag Day festivities at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and at Oriole Park in Baltimore’s Camden Yards. How noble! How fabulous.
Check him out above–warm facial emotion, rich tone, impressive range. He deserves to win! And not just because he’s Asian. And also not just because the grand prize totally rules, while the semi-finalist prize (a signed copy of the Smithsonian-printed book, The Star-Spangled Banner, which will be doled out to 15 sad sacks) totally…sucks.
Community popularity (measured by YouTube views, ratings, and favorite statistics) is a key factor in the first round of judging, which closes in one month, so let’s rally for our brotha! Watch, rate, favorite, and pass it on! Don’t make this boy go back home with a book, for crying out loud.
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