DePaola sings Anthem in Oakland
July 6th, will be a busy but fun day for
Pittsburg singer Nicky DePaola.
He was invited by
the Oakland Athletics to sing the
National Anthem before their 1:05 p.m.
game against Toronto. DePaola has been
invited back by the A’s for a number of
years after sending them an audition
tape of him singing the Anthem.
But his day won’t
end at the ballpark.
He will be a
special featured performer at the
Pittsburg Yacht Club’s First Sunday jazz
event, appearing with Ms. Honey (Alicia
Daniels) and host Jack Pollard.
The dinner and show
begin at 5 p.m. Tickets for the dinner
are $45 and $25 for the show.
Reservations can be made by calling
Medanos mentor spreads her wings
Walker, the Rancho Medanos Afterschool
Program Site Coordinator for STS Academy,
added a new chapter to her singing career in
May when she did a special performance with
the Rancho Medanos Band under the direction
of Kevin Galloway.
been singing all her life, primarily gospel
and classical music. A native of Richmond,
she began singing in church while still a
child after her family moved to the Central
She sang for
the Shiloh Church Choir in Pixley and later
with the Fresno Temple Choir. She later sang
with the Porterville College Chorale under
the direction of Dr. Ron Kean and College of
Sequoias Choir in Visalia under the
direction of Jeff Seaward. She has been a
member of the Tulare Kings Counties Mass
Choir under the direction of founder Charles
Parker for over 15 years and has been
invited to perform at the group’s 25th
Anniversary Concert next February at the Fox
Theatre in Visalia.
She and her
husband, Pastor Rodney Walker, are founders
of the International House of Prayer, 520
Second St., Antioch where she directs the
sung professionally throughout Northern and
Southern California and in Hawaii. She also
mentors young singers through her Latrice
Walker Vocal Academy.
“Some of my
(afterschool) students in the band and Mr.
Galloway asked me to sing with the Rancho
Medanos Band,” said Walker. “They knew I did
a lot of singing at different events.”
and performed “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It
Ain’t Got That Swing,” the first time she
had even sung a jazz number (see the
great,” she said of the experience and
reception she received. “I found out that I
can be a jazz singer.”