A deep breath and a quick prayer settled Gloria Sheffield's
nerves moments before she
walked onto the stage to sing in front of her
biggest crowd yet.
, a Manchester community resident, sang the National Anthem for the individuals waiting to hear President Barack Obama speak during his
visit to Carnegie Mellon University
on the sunny afternoon of July 6th.
"I had no idea he
was even coming to town until I got a call from one of the president's people asking me to sing," said Sheffield
admits that she
only began focusing more on her
singing career in the past 20 years with her
singing ensemble, Gloria
with Passion, and her
weekly rehearsals and performances with the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir.
Even with all of her experience, Sheffield feels extremely lucky for the opportunity to sing for the president of the United States.
After receiving the phone call, Sheffield
was left with only a few days to prepare for the performance.
"I didn't know what to wear, I didn't even know what I was supposed to sing at first, but boy was I excited," said Sheffield
first time singing for the president himself, Sheffield
sings the Star Spangled Banner once or twice a year for the Allegheny County Democratic Committee
As an elected representative with the ACDC, Sheffield has found herself in close contact with President Obama on several other occasions.
"I didn't even get to shake his
hand this time, but oh well, I took a picture with both him and Michelle last time they were at the Peterson Events Center," said Sheffield
Along with her involvement in the ACDC, Sheffield is also a long-term active member of the Manchester Citizen's Corporation and sits on the board of the North Side Leadership Conference.