A woman from Tallahassee, Fla., blew everyone’s mind when she started singing the national anthem at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., last week.
At first, Star Swain, who’s originally from Macon, Ga., was a bit shy, but ultimately gave in after a very persistent man behind the camera kept telling her to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The video has gone viral and has received nearly 15 million views on Facebook since it was posted on June 24. It was also uploaded by Swain herself on June 16 on YouTube. Since then, it has accumulated over 170,000 views.
She has received tons of praise for her powerful voice since the video was shared on social media.
“Ma’am!! LISTEN! WHEN I GET MARRIED….you will be singing the National Anthem as I walk down the aisle,” wrote a Facebook user.
A vet on Facebook thanked Swain:
“I’m a combat veteran and I’ve laid many soldiers and friends to rest in defense of our nation. Every time I hear the anthem it means the world to me, but when I hear it sung with conviction and strength it makes me even more proud to have served this country because people like you make America worth fighting for … so thank you.”
Commenters on YouTube had similar reactions.
“I watched this video 4 times and I cried all 4 times. I’ve never heard such a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled before and I don’t even cry for the most common reasons. Your talent is a true gift from the Gods because it touches our souls. Please pursue a career in singing so that we can continue to feel love through your voice,” wrote a YouTube commenter.
“I haven’t heard the anthem sung with this much passion since Whitney Houston did back in 1990 at Super Bowl 25 … as a retired Marine you made me feel awesome,” wrote another.
You can watch Swain’s performance above, which many say has given them goosebumps and made them teary eyed.