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Waterloo teen wins Colts FANthem contest

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WATERLOO, Ind. (WPTA21) - She’s a freshman at Garret High School, but already has an impressive singing career started.

14-year-old Jensen Snyder has sang the national anthem for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Mad Ants, and Komets- also traveling to Indianapolis to sing in front of thousands of Pacer’s fans.

But Sunday, the Waterloo teen is singing in front of her biggest crowd yet.
Snyder won the Indianapolis Colts “FANthem” contest, and will sing the National Anthem at the team’s Fan Appreciation Game against the Carolina Panthers.

For the Pacers I sang in front of 16,000 people,” Snyder told us, “This, it will be about 65,000 people so its like a really big jump.”

In fact, it was Snyder’s performance caught on camera, that won her the opportunity, beating 250 other submissions.

“I actually dreamed of singing in front of Lucas oil stadium and its just crazy that I now have the opportunity to,” Snyder told ABC21.
Though she’s been singing most of her life, she tells us her performance career, only started a few years ago.

“I’m 14-years old and I really started singing around ten or eleven when I sang at a TinCaps game, that was where I feel like my career kicked off.”

Now, Snyder is writing her own original music, her first recorded song, inspired by the emotions preceding her mother’s risky open heart surgery.

Her interest is the Christian music genre, and even opened for several national Christian artists, including ‘Stars Go Dim’ in July, and plans to sing before them again next January.

Despite the early success, Snyders long-time goal, is to inspire and lift up others her age.

“Everyday I’m writing songs or playing guitar or the piano,” she explains, “my goal is to reach kids and really anybody my age that just, I hope and my dream is that one of my songs can connect with them, get them through a tough time or they can just relate to it.

For more information on Jensen Snyder or her work, you can keep up with her progress on Facebook, YouTube, or her website.

Daniel Beals

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