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When six-year-old Racine resident Liamani Segura takes the state Wednesday night at the Milwaukee Bucks game to sing the National Anthem, she’ll likely bring tears to her dad’s eyes. Liamani’s dad, Anthony Segura, served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He came up with the idea of having his daughter sing the National Anthem in a Racine Raiders game because the song moves him. That was the beginning of what is now a budding music career for Liamani. “When we heard her hit those high notes, we just looked at each other in disbelief,” Anthony said. Liamani’s mom Joanna Segura sings a lot to her children, but little Liamani’s voice is quite strong for being six-years-old. Since discovering her talent, Liamani has performed at a number of high school basketball games and her videos have gone viral thanks to CNN and the Huffington Post. But Wednesday night in front of the audience at the Milwaukee Bucks game will be little Liamani’s biggest audience. She set to take the stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. “We’re just so blessed that people are receiving her with open arms,” Joanna said. What’s Liamani’s favorite part of singing? “Hitting the high notes,” she said with a smile. “That’s when people clap the loudest.”  

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.