Friday, July 04, 2008

In case you were wondering...

Yes, Katie Mayhew,

the 16-year-old amateur singer from Martha's Vineyard who won a high school talent search and knocked the crowd's socks off earlier this evening at the July 4th Boston Pops fireworks celebration, is a descendant of the same Mayhew family from Martha's Vineyard as Jonathan Mayhew,

the Unitarian minister who preached the sermon that John Adams called ""the spark that ignited the American Revolution", and who coined the famous phrase "no taxation without representation".

Given the patriotic theme of the evening, I'm astonished the producers didn't mention the connection.

Obviously, a commanding stage presence and the ability to mesmerize crowds in Boston are gifts that still run in the family.


At July 9, 2008 at 11:13:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Robin Barraza said...

I saw her perform "Being Alive" two weeks ago with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in the finals of this contest. She has some serious pipes. As a Sondheim fanatic, I still think a 16 year old should not be singing that song, but I like her better now that I know who she's related to.


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