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14 May 2012

The Norman, Oklahoma-bred singer will sing the National Anthem for the first game in the Western Conference semifinals of the NBA playoffs, which pits the singer’s hometown team, the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Los Angeles Lakers. “I’ve sung the National Anthem at Oklahoma University games and now I’m so excited to be part of an Oklahoma City Thunder game,” says the singer.

Keith, the daughter of country mega-star Toby Keith, grew up with music in her blood and an early penchant for performing. She wrote her first song at age 9, began singing in local competitions at 13, and recorded her first song when she was 17. She soon stepped into the national spotlight when her father brought her onstage during the Country Music Awards in 2004 to sing their duet of “Mockingbird” together.

Today, she’s putting the finishing touches on her country music debut which will feature a mix of songs the young talent has co-written, along with songs by some of her favorite writers, including her father, who is also producing the record.

“I’m pretty much a hard-core country girl,” she says. “I grew up on Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings - the greats. My music is country but a little bluesier and I have some rock in me, some Janis Joplin, who I really love.”

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