Ayla sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” Wednesday evening to kick off the second day of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Video of the performance via C-SPAN (courtesy of Business Insider) can be viewed below:
Airline Virgin America celebrated its first flight to Philadelphia with a star-studded red carpet launch party hosted by Sir Richard Branson at Hotel Palomar in Center City. The inaugural flight touched down at PHL yesterday afternoon, and on board were a few Philadelphia-affiliated celebrities like actor Seth Green, who was born in Philadelphia. Virgin will have three nonstop flights to California, two to L.A., and one to San Francisco daily.
Ayla was one of the celebrities that was invited to the party, along with Glenn Howerton from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” (Pic shown below), Fresh Price of Bel Air, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Seth Green, M. Night Shyamalan, Gossip Girl star, Penn Badgley, Amber Rose, and more!
Foxboro Reporter: Brown Shares Dreams with Pageant Contestants
By Christine Igo Freeman
Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012 9:47 AM EDT
|Recording artist Ayla Brown poses with her new Princess friends, from left, ten-year-old Carrigan Andrews from Plainville, her six-year-old sister Lindsay Andrews, Brown and seven-year-old Taylor Tracey of Easton Friday evening at the Underground Café at the Church of Emmanuel at a Miss Foxboro Scholarship Pageant fundraiser.(Photo by Christine Igo Freeman)|
“Dreams start so young,” Brown observed.
She was joined by her mother, television reporter Gail Huff, and grandmother, at what was billed as a mother-daughter social. She is the daughter of U.S. Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts.
Brown described in detail how she has made her childhood dreams come true and how every day she works hard to continue to make her dreams a reality. She said that, at the age of 15, she became the youngest athlete ever recruited by Boston College to play women’s basketball upon her high school graduation.
When she was 17, with encouragement and support from her mother who remembers her young daughter’s longtime love of singing, Brown tried out for American Idol. A little over a year ago, Brown moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her dream in country music where she started playing guitar.
She has performed the National Anthem at numerous sporting events, including with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers home court. Last November, she travelled to Afghanistan to sing for American troops as part of the Outback Steakhouse Feeding Freedom Tour. Brown looks forward to opening for Josh Turner later this month at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and acting for the first-time in the upcoming movie, ‘Cowboy Spirit.’
Brown’s message of making dreams come true dovetails with the ultimate goal of the Miss Foxboro Scholarship Program which is to provide young women (ages 17-24) in the greater Foxboro area the opportunity to share their passion for community service, academic excellence and artistic talent. The theme for the Miss Foxboro Scholarship Pageant is “To inspire to become an inspiration.”
The Miss Foxboro Scholarship Pageant will be on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Orpheum Theatre on School Street. Two winners will be crowned that evening, a Miss Foxboro and a Miss Norfolk. Both women will go on to compete in the Miss Massachusetts Pageant, a step toward the Miss America Pageant, which is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women.
The four women who make up the Miss Foxboro Scholarship Board are Executive Director Seretha Nobbin, Betty Marks of Foxboro, Janet Clifton also of Foxboro and Sharon Garland of Mansfield. For information, contact Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The time has finally come where all of Ayla’s hard work has paid off. Her self-titled album is released on iTunes! So please download a copy of the CD and write a review. It goes a long way! “Thank you so much for your support! I am overwhelmed by the excitement people are feeling about this album and I couldn’t be happier. Spread the word, tell your friends, and stay with me through this musical journey!” – Ayla Brown
On April 19th, Ayla will open up for one of her all-time favorite country music singers, Josh Turner, at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA. “I have been obsessed with Josh Turner’s music for years and it’s always been a goal of mine to meet him. Never did I think I would get an opportunity to open up a show for him though!” said Ayla. “I hope this show is one of many more to come!”
Tickets are already on sale. Go to the ‘Tour’ section on Ayla’s website for the ticket link, or visit, www.JoshTurner.com for more information. Show starts at 8:00pm.
Hold on to your horses! This summer, Ayla will play the character of “Molly,” in the movie Cowboy Spirit. Other cast members include Rich Manley, as “Ted,” Jenna Laurenzo as “Tori,” and more. A portion of the proceeds of this film will benefit Dana Farber Cancer Research. “I am so honored for this opportunity! The cast and crew are all so talented, and I am looking forward to it,” said Ayla.
Tune in to www.aylabrown.com for more info or www.cowboyspirit.tv
Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia ran a special feature on Ayla during this week’s “Sixers City” episode. Ayla has been the Sixers anthem singer for the entire 2012 season. “I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity. Adam Aron is a great man and I couldn’t be happier here in Philly,” says Ayla. “The fans are great and every game I meet more. Now I have to just get them to buy my album!” laughs Ayla. In the feature, Ayla mentions her Twitter ticket giveaways. If you want a chance to win Sixers tickets, or stay updated with Ayla and her career, follow Ayla on Twitter @AylaBrown.
On April Fool’s day, 2012, Ayla Brown’s album will be released digitally throughout the United States. Find Ayla’s CD on digital retailers such as iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon MP3, and Rhapsody. “I am so excited to finally release this album to my fans throughout the country,” says Ayla. “This is a dream come true. I have worked really hard to put this album together, from writing the songs, picking out the album artwork, and funding the entire project. I am grateful to everyone who buys this album.”
So, on April 1st, Ayla has a goal for YOU.
1. Purchase the album for $9.99
2. Write a review of the album (Don’t forget!)
3. Post on your Twitter and Facebook page about the album so YOUR friends also know about this CD
4. LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN and enjoy the sound of hard work!
On the morning of March 18, Ayla sang “God Bless America” at the St. Patrick’s Day Roast in South Boston. The breakfast is held every year on St. Patty’s Day weekend and is hosted by State Senator Jack Hart. State politicians and local officials look forward to this event every year because it is one of the only opportunities they get to talk trash about the other elected officials of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This year, the breakfast aired live on New England Cable News. Ayla’s father, United States Senator Scott Brown, participated in the roast, making jokes about Mitt Romney’s Cadillacs, his future opponent, Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren, and making light of the fact that he was virtually the only republican in the entire room. After the breakfast, Ayla joined her family by walking in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Watch Ayla’s performance below:
Today, Ayla woke up bright and early to join NBC10 Philadelphia for an interview and special performance! Click below to watch both the interview and performance, and if you want to win tickets to any of the Sixers home games, follow Ayla on Twitter: @aylabrown.