The national anthem for the United States is one of the most difficult songs to sing, even for trained professionals. Of course, there are the hard notes that everyone waits to hear for. For the singer the pressure to sing the national anthem and in front of an audience can be overwhelming. Despite this pressure, ten year old Annie Zimmerman sang the national anthem in the middle of a Wal-Mart and brought everyone to silence by her talent.
In the city of North Little Rock, Arkansas an event is held during the holidays called “Shop with a Cop.” This event lets children in the community, that would not be receiving toys for the holidays, to shop with $200 and a police officer from the community to buy whatever their hearts desire for the Christmas season. This is made possible by donations from the community. Ten-year-old Annie Zimmerman was present at the Wal-Mart that day and wanted to be able to be a part of the event. She was moved by the community’s event and wanted to give back and support it in her own way. So, she took the mic.
Annie offered to sing the national anthem for everyone that was attending, and a member of the community started to film her. No one knew what to expect out of the little girl but, by the looks on their surprised faces, it was not the voice of a natural talent! As Officer Tommy M Norman, who was in attendance, stated it gave him “absolute chills.” Officer Norman was not the only one to be shocked by Annie’s talent, every person watching could not take their eyes off of her.
Annie hit every note and sang the song amazingly from start to finish. As she belted out the last notes the crowd starting cheering for her before she was even finished. Once she did finish, it was met with even more well-deserved cheers and applause. Annie recognized the applause before handing the mic back and shyly, but smiling, walking away from the crowd that she gathered.
Officer Tommy Norman posted the video of Annie singing and it quickly, and to no surprise, went viral. Within months the video has been shared by more than 743,000 people on Facebook alone! Officer Tommy Norman is not a stranger to viral videos from his Facebook page. Officer Norman has garnered national attention before because all the charitable actions he organizes within his community, that have gone above and beyond his job requirements! This includes him being the leading force behind the “Shop with a Cop” event.
For Annie Zimmerman, this will probably not be the last viral video she will be a part of! With the natural talent that she possesses, she could have an amazing vocal future if she wishes! According to Annie Zimmerman’s Facebook page she likes singing and making people smile. She sure accomplished making people smile at the “Shop with a Cop” event that day. Thankfully, the video went viral, so the entire world could smile too. You can check out the viral video of Annie Zimmerman right below!
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Absolute chills this morning as Annie Zimmerman performed the National Anthem before Shop with a Cop! 🎤🇺🇸🎶 Mario Settles
Posted by Officer Tommy M Norman on Sunday, December 9, 2018