Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Meet Tona Brown, Who Sang For President Obama

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 30, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: LGBT Pride Month Reception, Pride, Tona Brown, White House

tona_brown.jpgAt the recent LGBT Leadership Council Gala for President Obama in New York City, Tona Brown sang the National Anthem.

From her bio:

Tona Brown is an African American Transgender violinist and vocalist who has had a career spanning both North America and Europe. Her destiny as a performance artist was etched in stone at an early age. She started playing the violin at the age of 10 years old. She has won scholarships and competitions since the age of 14.

She's recently been featured in articles in the Baltimore Sun and Urbanite, among others.

According to her Facebook page, the video of her performance should be available soon. In the meantime, here she is singing the National Anthem at the Department of Veterans Affairs last year:

Note: This post originally stated that Ms. Brown sang at the White House LGBT Pride Reception. This was my error. I misinterpreted an email that I had received about the event. My apologies to Ms. Brown.

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I don't remember anyone singing the National Anthem at the event.

I wasn't there in the company of all you august LGBT leaders, of course, but a friend who was there told me about it.

Actually, Tona performed the National Anthem in NYC for President Obama's lgbt fundraiser dinner, not the White House reception.

Oops! My bad. I misunderstood the email I received. I will change the post to reflect the correct information.