A little girl with a big voice

Alex Brigley holds up two notes sent from MLA’s Rick Strankman and Verlyn Olson congratulating her on singing the national anthem at Alberta’s Legislative Assembly in Edmonton on May 6.
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Alex Brigley holds up two notes sent from MLA’s Rick Strankman and Verlyn Olson congratulating her on singing the national anthem at Alberta’s Legislative Assembly in Edmonton on May 6.

Alex Brigley holds up two notes sent from MLA’s Rick Strankman and Verlyn Olson congratulating her on singing the national anthem at Alberta’s Legislative Assembly in Edmonton on May 6.

Fourteen-year-old Alex Brigley of Coronation School just experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity– she sang the national anthem Monday May 6 at the opening of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly in Edmonton.

Brigley’s story started in July 2011 when she sang the national anthem at Coronation’s centennial celebration.  MLA Doug Griffiths, a former Coronation resident, was at the event and heard her sing.

Griffiths would later become the man who recommended Brigley sing in front of the Legislative Assembly.

After Griffiths recommendation, Brigley was invited to audition for a chance to sing at the legislature building. So, she sent her in her audition tape and it was approved right away.

Brigley, who sings the national anthem every year at the Canada Day celebration in Coronation, admits she was a little intimidated at first.

“I wasn’t scared, just nervous,” said Brigley.

Brigley is used to singing with instrumental accompaniment but inside the legislature she had to show off her a cappella skills.

And it was a success–hearing her sing prompted two MLA’s to send her notes via the legislative page.

“I felt like royalty,” said Brigley after the pages’ handed her the notes.

Brigley’s mother and father, Brenda and Dale Brigley, sat in the speaker’s gallery alongside Brigley’s brothers, aunt and grandparents to watch their daughter sing.

“I was very proud and impressed when I saw the page hand Alex the notes,” said Brenda Brigley.

Brigley’s dream is to sing in a musical.

“Maybe even Broadway some day,” added Brigley.

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