Katie Ohh to sing anthem before tonight’s Predators game
POWHATAN POINT — Wednesday ended on a sweet note for Katie Ohh, as the Belmont County native and country music artist learned she’ll be singing the national anthem in front of thousands before Nashville Predators games this season.
And so will the three other women with whom she was competing for the honor, as the NHL club’s online fan vote to choose its next official anthem singer ended in a surprise twist.
Through last Thursday, fans could visit the team’s website and cast multiple votes per day for one of four finalists, including Ohh. But after more than 10,000 votes poured in, the totals apparently were so close the team decided to share the honor with all four finalists.
The team didn’t specify how the performances would be divided, but the Predators have 40 home games remaining on their schedule. The vote totals also weren’t provided, but Ohh will get the first crack at it, as she’s scheduled to make her debut before tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars.
“The word is out…and I’ll be singing at TOMORROW NIGHT’s game in Smashville!” Ohh posted to her Facebook page Wednesday evening. “So happy for everyone!”
“Smashville” is a play on the city of Nashville’s name popular among Predators fans.
The singers, each of whom got the chance to show off their pipes before a Predators preseason game, come from a variety of backgrounds. In addition to Ohh, who works as a hospital admissions coordinator by day and a performing artist by night, the group includes a college professor, a music teacher/worship leader and an accountant.
A native of Powhatan Point who moved to Nashville almost a decade ago to pursue a career in country music, Ohh — whose given name is Katie Orlofske — was the winner of NBC’s game show “The Winner Is” in 2013. She said it’s been exciting to witness the growth of hockey in the Music City.
“I’ve never seen anything like the Predators at home with their fans. I couldn’t believe what it looked like outside the arena in the playoffs,” she said. “It was incredible. It truly is a hockey city now. Everyone is downtown sporting their Predators gold. It’s amazing to see everyone on board and supporting their team in the Predators.”
According to Ohh’s profile on the Predators’ website, her favorite songs to sing are Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” and Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.”
The other three finalists in the contest who also will share the national anthem spotlight with Ohh are Tamica Harris, Cathy Mullins and Keesha Rainey.