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Marlana Vanhoose: Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone

Has it been that long since “The Greatest Performance of the NBA Finals?” Since we featured the incredible … so inspirational … so powerful … Marlana Vanhoose?

One of our favorite opportunities we’ve ever had to share, was our feature on Marlana Vanhoose, who was featured singing our National Anthem before Game Six in Cleveland. We had the opportunity to learn about her … her life … and her beliefs.
Here’s a direct link to that feature, on our blog, from July:

Greatest Performance of This Year’s NBA Finals: Marlana Vanhoose

I have been waiting, way too long, to share this performance with you. When I saw her, back in Cleveland to sing our National Anthem before a recent Monday Night Game, I couldn’t wait any longer.

This is Marlana Vanhoose singing the combination song “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone.”
Watching her at the piano, the emotion in her voice, the words she sings … I can still feel it.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to share the “My Chains are Gone” lyrics with you:

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior
Has ransomed me
And like a flood
His mercy reigns
Unending love
Amazing grace

Be blessed … comforted … and inspired:
Marlana Vanhoose:


Greatest Performance of This Year’s NBA Finals: Marlana Vanhoose

It was Tuesday, June 16th, 2015.
Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
They were all there …
Steph, LeBron, past and present stars of the NBA …

It was moments before tip-off at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Then, came the announcement: “Here to perform our National Anthem this evening, please welcome Marlana Vanhoose …”

It was one of those moments … when you knew you were experiencing something very special … but, didn’t know exactly why … it was just something I felt …

Yes, I was among the many, many, who witnessed this performance, and had to “find out more …” So, I did …

I am going to include this link to her website, “littlemarlana.com,” so that you can find out more … Please allow me to include these words from her “My Story” page:

“Marlana was born with Cytomegalovirus (CMV), by the time she was a few weeks old it was discovered that she was blind. Her optic nerve never formed. She was not expected to live past one year. At the age of two, Marlana was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy.
But God knew better, He had special plans for Marlana. After Marlana turned a year old her body healed from the virus and that is when it all began. Marlana was humming “Jesus loves me” before she talked and by the time she was two years old she started playing the piano.
Marlana has invited Jesus into her heart and has been baptized. She loves God very much and says she has no need to see here on earth. She knows that when she gets to Heaven, Jesus will be the first face she’ll see.”

Here’s Marlana singing our National Anthem at Game 6 of the Finals:

Here’s a direct link to the website, where, “right off the bat,” you’ll see the words of Philippians 4:13, with the words “A Very Unique Soldier of God:”