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Young Cabot singer to make big league debut

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CABOT, Vt. -

In the tiny village of Cabot, things are quiet, but there is one sound creating a stir-- the voice of 13-year-old Henry Burke.

Reporter Gina Bullard: What's the feeling like when you step on stage?

Henry Burke: I used to be extremely nervous, but the nerve has worn off a ton.

Henry started performing when he was 6 for small crowds around town, including singing the national anthem at every varsity basketball game.

"I love it so much," he said. "I love to sing at all the games."

But this Sunday, Henry will sing at a much bigger game. He'll perform "God Bless America" for the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston.

"My first public performance was when I was 7 and I sang 'God Bless America' in front of 30-40 people. And now I'll be singing 'God Bless America' in front of 30,000-40,000 people," Henry said.

He sent a recording of himself singing at a Cabot basketball game to the Red Sox. He received a postcard back from the baseball team saying they receive thousands of submissions each week. Henry didn't think he had a chance-- and then just weeks later got the call.

"I keep saying, I wonder if I'll be able to do it? I want to say I can do it and I will be able to do it," he said.

Henry will perform "God Bless America" in the seventh-inning stretch-- a tradition that started after 9/11. It's a song that evokes strong emotion and will mean even more on Sunday after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

"I think it's really significant for Henry. He's from a military family, he has a strong feeling for country, so that matters a lot to him," said Karen Stewart, the principal of Cabot School.

"It's really emotional," Henry said. "I'll be singing 'God Bless America' right after the Boston Marathon tragedy."

Believing in himself, his state and his country as he brings people together with one song.

Sunday is Vermont Day at Fenway. The game will be broadcast on Channel 3's partner, NESN.

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