Woman who sings national anthem for Lightning faces Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis

b4dtv4jiyaavn0lTAMPA - You know her for her moving singing voice during the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup playoff games.  Now retired United States Air Force Sergeant Sonya Bryson is sharing her alto gift at new gigs including the Thursday opening of the Tampa Premium Outlet mall in Wesley Chapel.  She's also working in a new field which allows her more family time.  "I have a brand new grandbaby. She is a week old. Her name is Alethia Rose. She's in South Carolina, so I'm going to get to go visit her soon,” she said.  Bryson is also engaged to be married.  "I love it,” 

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Just another night for Lightning’s national anthem singer

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By Ben Montgomery, Times Staff Writer

Posted 9:59pm, June 3, 2015

a4s_nationalanthem060415_15325312_8colTAMPA — She's not sure where the music inside her came from, but maybe it started in Greenville, S.C., when she was two. She doesn't remember this, but her mother has told her the story. Sonya Bryson was obsessed with dolls, soft fuzzy ones. She sat them in front of her at one end of her crib, and she sang. Her first audience. The songs were unintelligible, but the fans didn't seem to mind.

Or maybe it came to her a few years later, on Easter Sunday. All the kids at Mount Emmanuel Baptist Church were required to either recite a poem before the congregation or sing a song. The little girl in the frilly church dress didn't want to memorize a poem, so she sang This Little Light of Mine to a crowd of 800.

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To Lightning’s lucky charm, anthem more than just a song

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By Martin Fennelly, Times Sports Columnist

Posted: April 6, 2015

She digs jazz and gospel, adores “The Sound of Music” and likes “Uptown Funk.” But one song alone remains her chart-topper. She sings it while she’s driving, or at home, or at MacDill Air Force Base ... and, O say, while standing on the ice at Amalie Arena, with Lightning fans hanging on her every note while an oversize American flag is passed around the arena’s lower bowl.

“I sing this song every day of my life,” U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sonya Bryson said. “I mean it. Every day. It just comes to me. And I love it. It’s not just the national anthem to me. It’s my song. It’s my country, man. I love this place.”

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