Archive for Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lawrence woman to sing at Royals game

July 26, 2007


Lynda Canaday will be singing the national anthem before tonight's Kansas City Royals game against the New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium in conjunction with Disability Awareness Night.

Canaday, who is blind, returned to Kansas University in 2006 to study vocal performance. The Lawrence resident used to sing professionally and grew up in South Carolina training in the summers with world-class singer Mahalia Jackson.

The game starts at 7:10 p.m. Disability Awareness Night is a community event aimed at bringing awareness to different disabilities. For more information, contact Jen Hyland at (816) 504-4472.


yellowrose 10 years, 11 months ago

"South Carolina?" That's news to her and her mother. She probably traveled through there with Mahalia during her summers with her but, if she did, she doesn't know for certain. TThey traveled by car a lot in Lynda's early years and she and Mildred didn't tell her the names of every town and state they drove through or sang in. Sometimes when Lynda asked where they were, she would be told, "we're still in the south country Honey, you can't go swimming here. They don't let colored kids in the swimming pools here. If she's been through South Carolina, something like that is probably her only recollection of it. Lynda is so glad those segregated days are over. May they never return. That kind of thing was particularly hard for a blind child to understand as the only way to tell someones skin color is by the texture of there hair or sometimes by their voice or speech pattern.

Ceallach 10 years, 11 months ago

You go girl!!!

I had the pleasure of attending one of her winter recitals last year. Magnificent voice, second only to her heart. God bless you, Lynda (and of course blessings to that handsome gentlemen with whom you share your life).

bearded_gnome 10 years, 11 months ago

Royals shut out the Yankees! I think the Royals ought to hire this lady!

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