A 17-year-old high school wrestler from Ohio was catapulted to national fame after he volunteered to sing the National Anthem before a match last week.
A recording of Isaac Bryant’s moving performance at the D-III District Wrestling Championships has gone viral on Facebook, where it has been viewed more than 371,000 times and counting as of late Wednesday afternoon.
The Mechanicsburg High School junior appeared on Fox & Friends with his parents this morning, revealing that about five minutes before the life-changing performance, he had been napping in preparation for his upcoming match.
A star is born: Isaac Bryant, 17, appeared with his parents on Fox & Friends to talk about his viral performance of the National Anthem at a wrestling match in Ohio
Bryant told the hosts that he had been napping just minutes before taking the stage and bringing the crowd to tears
The teen was roused from his sleep by a teammate telling him that there was no one available to perform the Star-Spangled Banner at the venue.
‘I was dazed and confused and I just thought they might just need somebody to do it,’ Isaac recounted while sporting a patriotic stars-and-striped tie.
His parents, April and Barry Bryant, told the hosts of the popular Fox News morning show that their son’s rendition reduced them to tears.
Isaac said he always sings around the house, mostly Hank Williams songs, but he had never performed the National Anthem solo in public until last week.
According to Isaac, his friends at school were delighted and surprised by his newfound fame.
The Ohio teen hopes to become a professional musician when he grows up
The boy, who also plays the guitar, dreams of becoming a professional musician when he grows up.
‘I feel blessed and I really thank God,’ he told MyFox28, ‘because it is lightning in a bottle, and it doesn’t happen a lot. And I think the reason that it is going viral is because it is real.’
The teen, who is a member of a Mechanicsburg Boy Scout troop, comes from a military family. During his Fox & Friends interview, he read aloud a letter he received from a veteran thanking him for his performance.