Wednesday 10th February 2016,
The Hoop Doctors

7-Year Old Gina Marie Incandela’s National Anthem is ‘Magic’

May 28, 2009 – Dr. Anklesnap

So i’m reading J.E. Skeet’s Yahoo basketball blog ‘Ball Don’t Lie’ yesterday, and I catch this video of a 7-year old autistic girl named Gina Marie Incandela singing the national anthem at an Orlando Magic game during their playoff series against the Boston Celtics. Talk about inspiration. This little girl has the type of powerful voice you would expect to be coming out of someone at least 3 times her age, and about 3 times her body weight at least.

Gina Marie was diagnosed with autism just before the age of 2. She could not even speak until she was 3 years old and now at age 7 she is singing National Anthems at professional sports games and concerts across the country. Her parents sent her to a school for kids with special needs as she had trouble forming words when attempting to speak. But her teachers at the school used music to help her with her language skills. I bet they had no idea what gift Gina had in store for them.

As for the Orlando Magic, it seems they are 4-0 now in games where Gina sings the national anthem. Maybe Rashard Lewis can donate some of his huge salary to Gina to become part of their official roster?

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  • Peter Schiller

    Did anyone else get goosebumps or could it just be that I have a daughter around that age, too?

    • Kim

      @Peter Schiller,

      Nope, I got goosebumps and have no kids!

      • gizzel

        @Kim, i agree wit kim got goosebumps too

    • Ana

      @Peter Schiller, I’m a mama to only boys and I am covered in goosebumps, she’s amazing!

    • Janice

      I got goosebumps along with tears she has a voice of on ANGEL

    • kaelani

      @Peter Schiller,

      I surely got goose bumps and most diffinitely having a daughter her age makes you think when you hear them singing. WOW !!! what encouragement we could have for our children after hearing this…to keep on singing baby !!! I too have a daughter 8 years of age I was in tears hearing that strong voice.

  • http://www.fiyero.co.uk Michael Collins

    I definitely got goosebumps too. I don’t have a daughter but volunteer with Beaver Scouts who are 6 and 7 years old.

  • Tina Jacobs

    Wow, absolutely amazing. What a beautiful and talented girl she is!

    TJ

  • http://YourWeightLossMentor.com Juan Montalvo

    I have goosebumps all over. She is amazing.

  • N C

    I have a 3 year old autistic daughter who has trouble speaking. She loves to sing. Gina Marie Incandela touched my heart and strenghened my resolve and belief that my baby girl will sing one day too.

  • Zeapey

    I’m a 32 year old tattoo artist that dinks, smokes, swears like a sailor, and has no kids. This girl made me cry, not to mention the goose bumps.

  • mrogi

    Why should Rashard Lewis donate any of his salary to Gina? Richard DeVos is the owner of the Orlando Magic. He is rich enough to buy and sell Rashard a million times over. DeVos could change Gina’s whole life.

  • shoreke

    The Magic should go over the salary cap and sign Gina. She could not suck any worse than Redick.

  • The2ndBhudda

    Is it me, or is my hard so blackened that I just can’t be bothered…

    It’s that, or I’m just tired :P

  • bmcclure937

    I got the goosebumps as well… it was weird because I noticed goosebumps and started reading the comments while listening and saw that others got the same thing.

  • jim

    speed it up a bit.. It is not a damned funeral!

    • Carol

      @jim, that is how it is done, when have you ever heard it sung faster? She is one of the best I personally have ever heard sing our Anthem. I too got all teary eyed.

    • maryann fiorentino

      @jim, sorry jim but you are an ass

    • Lela

      @jim, What a jerk you are. You sound like a jealous pig. She was amazing.

    • kaelani

      @jim,

      When have you ever heard the national athem sung in a hurry?…. the whole adventure and appreciation of hearing the song is the words and how long you can hold that note….that is what excites the crowds, gets the spirit gowing and the game face on !

  • Ashley

    Wow…I got all teary.

  • yoda

    Made me cry !
    It’s amazing what a human being can achieve with love and persistence.

  • baubry

    Wow… that really brought a tear to my eye. Incredible.

  • kv

    I was at a game earlier this year (I think it was the Pistons game?) where she sang the National Anthem, and we all expected it to be cute, but everyone around me was floored at how well she’d done.

    Later on, I went to the concession stand, and she was there with a ton of fans at the game commenting to her on how well she’d done.

    It was just overall awesome. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

  • Teresa

    GOD is so good when we trust and believe he will make a way. Her parents must have put their trust in GOD with their child. Now look what GOD has done for their family. Keep singing for GOD has a plan for you (Marie) .

  • Matthew Adams

    To all the negative comments (Jim & The2ndBhudda) you are both idiots.

    That young lady was AMAZING!

    Another blessing to call wonderful.

  • tommy

    We have four children, the oldest two of whom are affected by Autism. This was very beautiful and inspirational! Thank you very much for posting it to this site, and thank you to all the people who support her!

  • http://[email protected] Diane Reed

    I want to tell you Gina, Do not listen to these folks thats makes fun of you. what goes around comes around. Your great…. Because you have a God given voice. Its beautiful, and amazing. God is amazing. Go on american Idol Girl and show folks how to sing. May God Bless you and your Familly.

  • Marian

    OH MY GOSH!!!! You would think she was at least 16 or so. Just a wonderful voice. She will go far.

  • Not a magic fan

    She was really nothing special… she sounds like every little girl I’ve ever heard sing… and she messed up half the words… apparently Floridians aren’t used to hearing talented singers.

    This is not to say that I didn’t feel awful thinking these things once I found out that she was autistic. The fact that she has overcome this in order to sing in front of a crowd like that is amazing… but come on people, she’s no diva.

    • kaelani

      @Not a magic fan,

      this is your opinion, its obvious you have no children or probably no one special in your life to even venture letting those words come out of your mouth “she was really nothing special…” Every child autisim or not is something special at 7 years old who can sing like that and especially a child with autism. You can not compare her to talented singers, because she is not a professional… she is a child who has over come her enability to speak and pronounce her words through music and expression;she sounds amazing being that she has never had singing voice lesson for that reason. Maybe you should do some research on autism. You are contridicting yourself when you say in one paragraph something very negative, and then in the same post the next paragraph you say you “feel awful for thinking…” OUT LOUD so every one could read what you are thinking !!! what was the point then for your post? you really did not feel awful, your a bully and your mother or father should have taught you to think before you speak !!! words hurt, and you can not take them back, so too late !

  • Nancy in Texas

    I my self have a autisic son age 8. Gina was amazing and brave at the same time. Great job!

  • inspired mom

    Listening to Gina sing was magical. It brought tears to my eyes. I have an non-verbal autistic daughter and I pray for the day when she will be able to sing. God bless you Gina !!!

  • Tarheefan2009

    Absolutely amazing…. I completely agree with the Redick thing though… the magic should drop him and pick up this miracle child. A wonderful inspiring story… Go Magic!!

  • Enyl

    I got goosebumps all over me OMG…..Tearssssssssss

  • http://ibillymom.blogspot.com/ Tassy

    What the words sounded like means nothing (to the few ignorant commenters above), what matters it that there were words, when there once were none. As a mother of a child with autism that was once non-verbal, I can appreciate this amazing challenge Gina Marie has overcome. In addition, she got up in front of thousands of people, to show one of God’s many blessings. Sing your heart out Baby Girl, many are listening with their hearts as well as their ears! God Bless you and those that have given her this opportunity!

  • JACK

    Are you people TONEDEAF? Or just STUPID? She has a terrible voice, bad posture & terrible diction and she murdered the National Anthem by repeatedly pronouncing “star BANGLED banner?!?!?!?!?”) and doesn’t deserve to sing at every Orlando Magic home game as if she’s the best singer. ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE & this is coming from someone who has studied music for over 20 years and KNOWS talent.

    • grimreaper

      @JACK, monster i think your missing the point

    • kaelani

      @JACK,

      Great Jack, now that you have acknowledged your talent, perhaps you can be hired to give this young 7 year old child voice lesson. Not even a 7 year old with out autism will have a developed voice. The ‘Autism’ point… is that she is probably tone deaf that is why she was not able to pronounce or verbalize words at an early age… Hence, music used to help her due to levels of pitch also used in pronouncing words!!! Who is the professional here? If you studied music for over 20 years, you say? Then you should know the difference and appreciate the point…that music is therapy and music is helping her to acclimate to speaking and pronouncing words. You know like music, math and science goes hand in hand, one follows the other, but you knew that, right?

  • John David Bridge

    hi gina, my name is john i am 7 years old too.
    i would like to sing a song with you, because i think your voice is beautiful.

  • Miah Bridge

    Hey Jack

    Are you sure you studied music for 20 years……..or how to be an asshole!!!!!

  • Rosa

    To all of you negative people. HATERS…..

  • Kristi Woods

    Hey Jack, It’s not her fault that she didn’t pronounce Star Spangled Banner properly! She’s worked super hard to get this far!! Remember, she’s just a kid too, and she won’t be perfect, and neither will you. I hope you realize that. Go back to college.

  • Kristi Woods

    And also be nice.

  • Pervert Hunter

    You probably have goosebumps in your pants you PERVERTS!

  • Petafile age 47

    I would tap her young fine ass

    • Sue

      @Petafile age 47, you sick preverted basard!!!!! They never should have allowed you to even post that!!!!!!! GOD will punish you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That little girl is a heaven sent, beautiful, brave baby who has a beautiful voice and will go far in life. As for you…I wish someone would castrate you and let you bleed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • miranda

    wow i even got goosebumps and i am 13 with no kids but i do have a sisters that is 8 that is amazing how she can sing like that, it was beautiful, i even teared a bit :)

  • Denise

    This is awesome. I have a 5 year old daughter who is autustic also. I think it is amazing that Ginsa Marie can speak and sing sooo clearly. I can only hope that my daughter can speak as half as good as her. My daugher also LOVES music and tries her best to sing Sesame Street. God Bless you Gina Marie ! ! !

  • DVH

    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!! Only 7 years old & autistic, but that is hard for any 7 year old, or adult!!! HEY JACK…….DOWN THERE…..I STUDIED MUSIC LOT LONGER THAN YOU AND IT DIDN’T TAKE ME 20 YEARS TO BE SO CRUEL, NASTY AND UNTRUE ABOUT THIS CHILD’S TALENT! YOU OBVISIOULY DON’T WORK WITH CHILDREN OR NOT THE BEST IN MUSIC YOURSELF TO HAVE AN OPINION SO BAD. DID THEY TEACH YA THAT MEAN, NASTY BEHAVIOR WHEREVER IT IS YOU WERE TAUGHT THIS ‘MUSIC’ YOU SAY YOU HAVE STUDIED, SO YOU SAY. STUDYING IS ONE THING, BUT HOW WELL DIDN’T YOU DO??? U OBVIOUSLY DON’T JACK ABOUT KIDS OR MUSIC!!! GO SING THE OSCAR MAYER SONG AND SHUT OFF THAT NASTY STUFF THAT COMES OUTTA YOUR FINGER TIPS. MAYBE YOU MIGHT TRY ACTUALLY GOING TO SCHOOL. HERE IN VEGAS, WE DON’T TAKE B.S. LIKE U!!!

    THIS CHILD IS FFFANTASTIC!!! &:-)

  • DVH

    JACK DON’T KNOW JACK!!! THE GIRL HAS REAL, TRUE BLUE TALENT…….EVEN IF SHE WEREN’T AUTISTIC, BUT FOR A GROWN MAN TO BE SO CRUEL AS TO MAKE FUN OF HER POSTURE AS WELL……THAT’S JUST WRONG! HOW COME THE ORLAND MAGIC PLAYERS ALL HAD BIG SMILES ON THEIR FACES. JACK IS JUST JEALOUS CUZ HE REALLY DOESN’T KNOW JACK ABOUT MUSIC.

    WAY TO GO, GINA MARIE!!! YOU ARE A DEAR, SWEET GIRL WITH A DEAR SWEET VOICE. WHEN YOU GROW UP, YOUR VOICE WILL GROW EVEN BETTER…….HARD TO IMAGINE THO. YOU ARE ONE TALENTED LITTLE LADY….GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!!! &:-)

  • http://christonecipher-friends.blogspot.com Chris Stonecipher

    This girl has tremendous talent. I had to watch this over and over again. I have three teenagers myself that have autism. She Rocks!!!!

  • Samantha Skhir

    I’m a high school sophomore studying college Psychology, and from what I studied, and from what my mom has already educated me on, autism is extremely difficult to overcome. Not only does it cause a problem speaking, but it’s also a social disorder. People who commented negatively on this probably don’t understand how hard it is to train a child to overcome such a disorder.

    Gina, you are a miraculous child. You brought tears to my eyes and you made my heart melt thinking of how hard is must have been for you to stand in front of that crowd and sing like you did.

    You will always stay in my memory as an inspiration that impossibilities and miracles can happen. I’m so proud of you and all of the other children that have overcome Autism.

  • Marica

    Goose bumps on top of goose bumps.. This child is amazing… What a special gift. Can’t wait to share this with others.

  • dude

    Well, she developed a strong enough voice early and learned to sing this well, but really it wasn’t that great. Maybe she could improve and become a really good singer given another 7 years. That would still be astounding at 14. So, who knows? But, being precocious is something that we attribute to the young by definition and usually does not last long. Though, I don’t know what affect being autistic might have. I didn’t even listen to the whole thing. But I’m one dude. I guess it worked for many of you.

  • Brandon F.

    I was just thinking to myself about how tired the national anthem has become..from watching the Yankess Yahoo news clip today, then I found myself enjoying this fantastic version by such a little girl. She certainly isn’t old enough to truly understand the meaning even if her parents/teachers explained it to her..but it’s powerful enough to convince you otherwise.

  • cynthia

    Brandon F. is right. The little girl got a powerful voice that is more than enough to convince.
    She hits the high notes as well as the right tone of the anthem…
    Amazing Girl!!!

    Cynthia

  • Jan Bujwit

    What a darling child. She looks a lot like my granddaughter did at that age and yes, I cried like a baby too. What a great story and wonderful ending to such a stuggle she must have had and her parents too. God Bless them all.

  • http://hoopdoctors.com Lynda

    That baby girl is truly gifted!

  • Lisa

    Reminds me of Christina Aguileira (sp?) as a child. However, someone should really work with her on pronouncing the words properly.

  • fackie fabricatore

    I got goosebumps when gina sang that song,because i have a autistic daughter who is fifteen and loves to sing to what a inspiration she is to others.GOD BLESS YOU GINA.

  • Tia

    Gina Marie… you made every damn one of us proud!!! You kicked that songs ass!!! You go girl!!

  • Rachel

    Gina you are amazing! i love you! don’t listen to those people that made negative comments.

  • valerie nemer

    gina, you’ re great. Music will take you to great places. Keep up the singing. Don’t let anyone ever knock you down.

  • Starla

    Wow! My son is 10 and has autisum, when I listened he came and stood beside me and wanted me to play it over and over. She is good, my son can not say many words, but he knows what sounds great, it did bring tears to my eyes. Her heart is really in the song. What a doll!

  • cjb

    omg!!! she almost made me cry !!! great job

  • Rog

    She’s amazing. I always enjoy hearing children sing. There’s something about the magic in their little voices, the innocence, the not being a star and putting on an image. It’s usually pure and from the heart.

    Not to take one thing away from her, but has anyone reading these comments heard of Connie Talbot? If not, click or copy and paste the link and listen, you are in for a treat. I am in no way associated with her, just amazed by her singing. I ran across this little girl sometime last year and was completely blown away at the talent, the power and vocal range in her little voice.

    She was on Britain’s Got Talent. Even Simon was Impressed. Check them all three out here but she has more too.

    Enjoy

    The first link is her singing Dolly’s – I will Always Love You

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7j8NhBtnpw

    The second is her singing Michael Jackson’s – Ben

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1Vfo1kr3y0

    And last is her singing – Somewhere Over The Rainbow

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgeClYYoPaU

  • EDDY

    God bless her……..and God bless America

  • Celine

    Yes, indeed, this is the HOME OF THE BRAVE!!!!! Thank you for that beautiful song by 7 yr. old Gina Marie Incandela. This is NOT a “nation of cowards” as 58 yr. old Atty. General Eric Holder described the American people [2/18/09 speech at the Justice Dept.]. What a disgusting and insulting remark to the people of this nation where many have bravely sacrificed their lives for so many even for Eric Holder himself.

  • Lettie

    A truly gifted and beutiful child. It made me cry. The innosense and beauty of this little girl is ingedible.

    • Lettie

      @Lettie, a correction, I meant incredible.

  • Art Staehling

    That little young lady has an incredible voice. I have a daughter with Autism and the more I am around children with special needs there always seems to be some gift that just needs to be discovered. Please give people with special needs a chance. Most of the time they are aware that they are different and just want a chance like the rest of us.

  • denise s

    I cryed when I heard her sing– and I didn’t know there was anything wrong with her–That child can sing- just think what would happen if she had some music behind her. A young Edith Piaf— that child is great.

  • Hollywood

    She is cute but I am sorry that did not give me goose bumps or anything close. Some of the notes she hit were horrible. I am a vocal coach so maybe my job makes me a little more judgemental but I would not want to hear that again. She has amazing potential and I am sure she will be one hell of a singer someday but as for right now it was only cute because she is 7.

  • Carol

    Heaven sent

  • xrumer services

    Very happy for Gina. . she did a good job, t4p!

  • http://vzwpix.mobi vzw

    Did anyone else get goosebumps or could it just be that I have a daughter around that age, too?

  • Vee

    I have heard the National Anthem sang a few times. But this time around I broke out in tears. Hearing that beautiful and amazing voice and not to mention how it was heart sung. It just brought me to my knees. I thank God that he gaves us so many Brave Soliders to fight for our freedom. May God Bless each and one of you that made it through and those who will not be forgotten. I personally thank you from the bottom of my heart.