Songwriters Take National Anthem to Heart Singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at College World Series and US Olympic Swim Trials

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Award-winning singer/songwriter duo pay close attention to the inspiration behind "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Multiple award-winning singer/songwriter siblings, Cher & Gene Klosner will sing the National Anthem at the upcoming 2008 College World Series and the 2008 US Olympic Team Trials for Swimming. "The Star-Spangled Banner" is a song the pair keeps close at heart with every performance.

Cher and Gene, professional songwriters who have lived in Nashville, TN, and Los Angeles, CA, describe the National Anthem as "truly inspired."

"Imagine you are Francis Scott Key, detained on a British ship, witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry through the night, and at the break of dawn you spot the American flag, still waving triumphantly in the distance," Gene Klosner said. "That one moment inspired the poem that came to be an anthem for a nation. That's what we think about when we sing - we want the people to feel that one inspiring moment."

Francis Scott Key was a young lawyer and amateur poet at the time he penned the poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry" in 1814. The poem was later set to the tune of a popular British drinking song, written in the late 1700's by well-known composer, musicologist and organist, John Stafford Smith. Originally created for the Anacreontic Society, a London social club, Smith's melody was modified to fit Key's poem and the resulting composition became known as "The Star-Spangled Banner," a title crafted to honor the very flag which inspired Key to create the poem.

The Klosners have performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" for multiple events, including several immigration and naturalization ceremonies. Cher Klosner Lane stated, "To witness a person becoming a citizen of the United States is very moving - there are many emotions going through people's hearts and you see it in their faces - it's difficult to get through the song without a tear. It is very bittersweet. I imagine this is what my great, great grandparents felt when they left their homelands and set sail for America in search of a better life."

The duo's performance highlights include appearances at World Youth Day, with Pope John Paul II and President Clinton, CNBC's "The Big Idea", the 2007 College World Series, The Grand Ole Opry, "American Magazine" and many 9/11 tribute events in New York and Los Angeles. This will be the first Olympic event for the pair. The Klosners' music has been performed by symphonies across the United States and Canada, and their latest CD, Stardust, has won several awards, including an "iParenting Media - 2008 Best Products - Audio" and a "Parents' Choice" music award.

Cher & Gene Klosner will sing the National Anthem for the College World Series on Saturday, June 14, Session 2 - Game 2, at 6:00PM. Their performance at the 2008 US Olympic Team Trials for Swimming is slated for Saturday, July 5, 7:00PM. "We hope to inspire these amazing athletes as much as each of them inspire us."

Cher & Gene Klosner are available for bookings, and their music is available in stores, online, and at iTunes. Visit:,, and for more information.

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