Soprano Bobby Hill, who gained fame during Pope Francis’ visit, sang the National Anthem today at the opening of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Bobby’s home town.
Hill, 14, performed for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families Festival in Philadelphia in September. The young singer, a member of the Keystone State Boychoir, sang an a cappella version of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Pie Jesu” to the pope.
“My whole career started as a fluke,” Bobby tells media. “I wasn’t supposed to be the one singing for the pope, but there was a last-minute set change, so I got to do it.”
“Now we’re planning more shows, mostly with orchestras,” Hill adds.
Bobby has two albums on the way: one featuring holiday music and the other focusing on classical and religious pieces. They are due out later this year.