The star of a recent Los Angeles Galaxy game against the Seattle Sounders wasn’t a Major League Soccer player — it was 7-year-old Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, who won over the crowd with her soulful rendition of the national anthem.
Malea stood in front of a crowd of over 25,000 soccer fans at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles Sunday, raising her left hand and singing her heart out in what the Washington Post called “part Christina Aguilera and part Whitney Houston – and all soul.”
Fans applauded and players smiled as the girl reached high notes.
At the end of her performance, she smiled and waved at the audience.
The 7-year-old yelled and jumped on her bed when she received word that she won a contest to sing at the game.
“Always before I sing, my heart will beat really, really fast,” she told CBS News.
Malea began singing when she was 1, and she’s performed at places like the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.
“She’s been singing forever,” her father, Arman Tjandrawidjaja, told USA Today. “Before she could speak. Always singing…Sometimes we have to tell her to be quiet.”
Malea’s dream is to sing alongside Aguilera someday – She has been trying to spread the word via her social media platforms.