By Judy Kurtz - 12/13/11 12:30 AM EST
Brown, 23, just inked a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers that will have her singing the Star-Spangled Banner during halftime at each of the basketball team’s home games. The daughter of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Washington TV reporter Gail Huff was a standout basketball player at Boston College.
The former “American Idol” contestant, who’s working on a new album, even got kudos at the time for her reworked version of the classic song: “Someone came up to me afterwards and they said, ‘You did such a good job at the anthem.’ And I just laughed and said thanks.”
The telegenic entertainer has also learned a few tricks of the trade from years of practice singing America’s official hymn, disclosing, “You just don’t want to start too high — that’s the trick. If you start too high, it’s over. You’re done.”