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Singing sensation discusses hometown tragedy

She's a teenager with a big voice. Marlana VanHoose, the high school singer born blind, has been through a lot recently.

Thursday night wasn't the first time fans heard Marlana Vanhoose belt it on a ballpark, and it certainly wasn't be the last.

"I do the National Anthem at ball games," says Marlana.

The 16-year-old singing sensation brings her listeners to tears. She travels around the state performing, and she sings for anyone that asks.

"Some people have never heard me, and some people are just thrilled and amazed."

Marlena has much more to sing for these days. Her family came dangerously close to losing their home in last month's tornado outbreak.

"We were right behind the closet and we prayed, we said Lord, please keep us safe," recalls Marlana.

Some of her neighbors in the Denver community of Johnson County weren't as fortunate.

"My neighbor's houses were destroyed. Everything was destroyed except our house."

So when Marlena now sings, she sings for her neighbors, and for the people that are fast becoming fans.


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