The Somerset Patriots have announced the winners of their National Anthem Auditions held at Menlo Park Mall in Edison, N.J. on Saturday, March 12th.
The selected singers are: Duane Patterson Jr. (Roselle), Tanasia Paige (Irvington), Scott Wilcox (Metuchen), Michelle Marrocco (Hillsborough), Tom Fellin (Somerville), Tina Davis (Edison), Tukymah Madison (North Plainfield), Peri Martins (Warren), Sofia, Arthur, and Isabella Wawrzyniak (Morristown), Echo Picone (Washington), and Grace Griesler (Flemington).
Patterson Jr. sang “Raise It Up” from the movie August Rush to tie with Paige for the highest scores at the auditions.
“I’m just in shock right now,” said Patterson Jr. “I can’t believe it. I am definitely very, very excited to sing before a Patriots game.”
Paige sang Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight” to loud cheers from all the spectators watching from both levels of the mall.
“I’m very excited to have been chosen as a finalist. I had a great time performing in front of everyone at Menlo Park Mall,” said Paige.
Singers auditioned with a minute of the song of their choice before the judges and mall crowd. Singers were judged on vocal talent, stage presence, and their ability to perform before a large crowd.
For the fifth year in a row, the event was designed as a fundraiser and each contestant donated a minimum of $10 to Operation Shoebox New Jersey, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to collecting donated supplies to ship care packages to U.S. troops based overseas. The event helped raise over $835 for the organization.
Magic 98.3 FM’s morning host Chris McCoy was the emcee of the event. The judges were John Lisk of Magic 98.3 FM, Somerset Patriots Vice President of Public Relations Marc Russinoff, and professional singer Tess Giardina.
The National Anthem Auditions took place at the newly- designed Center Court on the lower level of Menlo Park Mall. This was the 13th year the Patriots hosted National Anthem auditions.
“We want to thank all of our participants that tried out this year. We once again had some very talented singers that made the decision very difficult to narrow it done to just a handful. We have a very nice mix of ages and talent from all over the state. We can’t wait to give these great performers a chance to perform at the ballpark,” said Russinoff.
The Somerset Patriots won their Atlantic League leading sixth championship during the 2015 season. Tickets are now on-sale for the upcoming 2016 season and the schedule can be viewed at www.somersetpatriots.com. For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2016 season, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.