Ballinger woman enters finals in competition to sing the National Anthem at National Finals Rodeo

"The national finals rodeo is the Super Bowl of rodeos," commented Jessica Cason.

And like every good event similar to the Super Bowl, the National Anthem kicks everything off.

The person chosen to sing the anthem in front of crowds of rodeo enthusiasts is chosen annually by competition. 

Over a hundred hopefuls submit auditions, like the one on the screen, and voters along with judges narrow them down to eight. 

"I happen to be one of those top eight individuals," commented Jessica Cason. 

Cason is a woman hailing from Ballinger. When she got the news, to say she was excited would be an understatement.

"I'm calling everyone I know, my husband, my mother in law, my mom, my dad and telling everyone sending out texts."

"In all caps, pretty much screaming that she made it to the final eight," commented her husband, Wacey Cason. 

For Jessica, the anthem isn't simply a song, growing up in a military family it means quite a bit more.

"It's part of my core and my soul," she went on. 

Additionally, her passion for singing runs deep as well. 

"I used to maybe be a karaoke champ, in my younger days."

And through the years has won scholarships, sung at churches, at events, at games, and now to the newest addition to her family.

"We have a 6-month old, and seems like she's singing to her every night, and Kennedy seems to like it," Wacey continued. 

For her family, it is nearly a certainty that Jessica will be chosen to sing in Vegas for the NFR.

In light of recent events in Vegas, Jessica told KRBC while she was angry and sad about the heinous act of violence that has impacted so many, she refused to let that scare her away.

"I'm not a person that's going to live in fear," she commented. 

Because this event, combining her love of country with her love of song, is a dream come true.

"It's that bucket list moment, one of those things you always dream of that you think will never happen. I'm days away from maybe having one of my biggest dreams come true," she finished. 

If you want to see and hear her and the other contestants, you can click on THIS LINK and throw down a vote.

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