Bitterroot real estate agent Brooke DeVries has been contacted to sing the national anthem when President Donald Trump comes to Great Falls on Thursday.
DeVries, of Hamilton, said she felt nervous and “more than honored.”
“I am super-excited,” she said. “I just feel like it is a public service like all the people go to war, but this is no big deal. Of course I’m going to do this. I’m a little nervous but we’ll pull it off.”
DeVries said she has always sung.
“I wanted to be a country western singer but then I had to make money,” she said. ""... I auditioned for American Idol years ago and I didn’t make it. My mom was crushed because she gave her whole life basically to fulfill my dream. I called my mom (about singing for Trump) and she was like, ‘This is crazy.’”
DeVries said the invitation came about thanks to an opportunity that arose when her husband, Jacob, was running for House District 86 — she sang at the Lincoln-Reagan Republican brunch.
“It brought a bunch of people to tears,” DeVries said. “They were sobbing and I got a big standing ovation." Matt Rosendale, the Republican state auditor now running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, was there. "That's how it all happened...the Rosendale campaign recommended me to sing for the president.”
On Wednesday, Kendall Cotton from Rosendale's campaign confirmed the invitation.
She said she still can't believe she was singled out. "There are so many famous singers that live in Montana. I do it a capella and my favorite part is the end when I know I did it and didn’t pass out. My favorite part is making people cry — I sing from the heart.”