Cypress woman to sing at Texans game
The chance to sing the national anthem at the Houston Texans game on Nov. 7 leaves Shannon Perry with a new football jersey to add to her collection.
Perry, 45, has been singing since she was 6 years old, yet, the opportunity to perform in front of her favorite team means repeated visits to Facebook to check her growing number of fans.
As a singer, songwriter and motivational speaker, Perry has performed at Carnegie Hall as well as the Houston Symphony. She will be singing the anthem for her son, Sean, 24, who is stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio.
"One of the exciting things about (singing the anthem) is that my son is in the military," Perry said.
A native Houstonian, the Cypress resident worked as both a teacher and counselor at Reed Elementary School in Houston from 1991-2005.
Now, Perry travels the country presenting "If the Shoe Fits," a motivational women's conference she wrote while watching her husband battle tonsil cancer in 2008.
Perry, a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, said she belongs to the same church as the owner of the Houston Texans football team, Bob McNair, and was encouraged to audition for the game-day appearance by close friends.
The football game, in which the Houston Texans take on the San Diego Chargers at Reliant Stadium, is one of 10 home games during the 2010-11 season.
Perry plans to wear a replica of Brian Cushing's jersey when she sings at the request of her husband, David, who is now cancer-free.
She said she regularly attends all of the Texans home games.
"My parents always took me to the Oilers' games when I was younger, and from what I understand, they will honor former Oilers players at this game," Perry said.
Lance Cavazos, events and game presentation manager for the Texans, said that being chosen to sing at the team's home game is an honor reserved for a select number of vocalists.
Cavazos said that those chosen to sing the anthem generally sing in front of a crowd of 70,000. This year, the football players are able to hear the singing from the center stage.
"The NFL changed its policy that the national anthem is sung after the players are introduced," Cavazos said. "It always use to be 10-15 minutes prior to kickoff."
Perry said she received two free tickets to the game, a jersey and a parking pass in return for her vocal contribution. She plans to give away two game tickets to those who join her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shannon-Perry/85781381516.
Only 10 people will have the opportunity this season to sing at the Houston Texans home games, Cavazos said.
The Houston Texans are conducting a Fan Appreciation Day National Anthem Contest where the winner will have the opportunity to sing the national anthem before the Texans vs. Jaguars game at Reliant Stadium on Jan. 2.
"The contest started on Monday, Sept. 16, and it will go through Nov. 19, and from there we will take the top 10 contestants and fans are able to vote on who's their favorite national anthem singer," Cavazos said.
Cavazos said 10 contestants will be chosen for a live audition at Reliant Stadium on Dec. 11.
Videos of the live audition will be posted on the website, www.houstontexans.com.
Perry, who has recorded and released four Christian-genre music CDs, is working on her newest book to be released in 2011.
She hosts a weekly radio show, "Grace In High Heels," which airs Thursday at 10:30 a.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com.
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