Moments before the star-studded Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series gets underway on Feb. 21 in Daytona Beach, FL, Catina Mack will take center stage to perform the national anthem. But who is Catina? Click here to discover some interesting facts about the singer that’s bound to steal America’s heart!
Engines will be revving and drivers will be getting ready for a battle as the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup takes place on Feb. 21. But standing on stage, performing the national anthem, will be a face not all viewers will know. Orlando-born Catina Mack has the duty of stirring our patriotic emotions moments before the big race begins, so here’s 5 things you will need to know before she delivers her powerful performance.
1. Catina is a professional patriotic singer
Yes, that exists! Catina is known as a professional patriotic singer — meaning she sings the national anthem for a living! So far, her vocal talents have taken her from the NASCAR circuit all the way to foreign shores to perform for our troops on the request of the White House!
2. She’s a permanent fixture for NASCAR.
In Orlando she is a bona fide celebrity, and has sung the anthem for four nationally televised NASCAR races on both Fox and Speed. For the last thirteen seasons, Catina has been the voice of NBA giants the Orlando Magic, singing at most of their home games.
3. She’s performed with some huge names in the world of music.
At the Tampa Bay Rays Summer Concert Series she teamed up with a whole host of star names, including MC Hammer, The B-52’s and Darryl Hall and John Oates. Her talent has seen her perform in front of crowds of over 100,000 people, and she prefers to perform a traditional anthem so everyone can sing along with her.
4. Catina’s got a heart of gold when it comes to charity
Catina has performed at many charity galas all around the US, including for the Dick Batchelor Run for the Children benefiting Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families and the Celebrity Mascot Games benefiting New Hope for Kids and the Orlando Veterans Day Parade.
5. As a family woman, she’s also a mentor to kids.
Catina is a mother. She has a four-year-old girl she dotes on and takes to her performances. She’s also become a mentor to child-singing sensation, Gina Marie Incandela. Famously, Gina was diagnosed with autism aged just 2, but with Catina’s help she wowed America at the 2009 NBA Finals.
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