Malea Emma did it again! After becoming a viral sensation for her performance at the StubHub Center Stadium back in 2018, the 8-year-old Indonesian girl has made a name for herself for belting out rousing National Anthem rendition after rousing National Anthem rendition.
At Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, Malea Emma’s powerful performance of The Star-Spangled Banner definitely set the tone for an exciting afternoon of NASCAR racing.
Malea Emma, whose full name is Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, has been singing since she was one and told CBS News back in 2018 that she wants to be “a singer, doctor, actress, violinist” when she grows up. Talk about dreaming big!
While Malea has been singing the National Anthem at sporting events for quite some time, it was her National Anthem performance at StubHub Center Stadium (now Dignity Health Sports Park) ahead of the LA Galaxy-Seattle Sounders MLS Game that really put her on the map.
After seeing Malea’s interview on ABC World News following her viral performance, Ryan Seacrest got the ball rolling and scored Malea a special audition on American Idol in 2018.
“She went full Christina Aguilera,” said Seacrest, recalling the auditions. “They [the judges] loved it; they thought it was very cute.”
After her appearance on American Idol, Malea’s star power has only increased. Since then, she has done everything from performing with Jennifer Holiday on Good Morning America to honoring the late Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center for a Atlanta Hawks/Los Angeles Lakers game.
We can’t wait to see what this little superstar does next!