Camilla Tutt to sing Anthem at Biscuits game

Published 1:08 am Saturday, April 24, 2010

Demopolis’ Camilla Tutt will be headed to Montgomery Sunday where she will sing the national anthem at Riverwalk Stadium ahead of the Montgomery Biscuits’ game against the Mississippi Braves. That will mark the second time in as many seasons that the 11-year-old has gotten the opportunity.

The first chance to sing in front of the Riverwalk crowd came as the result of a contest.

“I heard it on WSFA on the news that it was a talent contest and the winners would get to sing for one of the games,” her mother, Marni, said. “this year, I contacted the lady. I e-mailed her Camilla’s video of her singing it last year and she just said, ‘Yes. We’ll put you on.’”

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The experience last year turned out to be a great one for the entire family.

“It was very exciting,” Marni said. “They give you four free tickets. We had never been (to a game) as a family.”

Camilla, who has performed in a number of venues and competitions, hopes to be a little more relaxed this go round.

“It made me a little bit nervous because the players were out there staring at you,” Camilla said. “They were all big and tall. When I got finished, the pitcher walked up and said, ‘Good job.’ And then he walked off.”

For Camilla, the young lady who is often told her voice is too big for her body, the affinity for singing began in church. Her first solo was Amazing Grace. Since then she has gone on to sing in numerous contests and pageants, including the National American Miss on two separate occasions. Her most recent exploits led her to Meridian, Miss. where she finished second in the Jimmy Rodgers Talent Competition, a contest that has seen names such as Elvis Presley and Faith Hill fall short in years past.

And before she heads to Montgomery Sunday, Camilla will get her final warm-up at the Pepper Jelly Festival in Thomaston Saturday.