Ronan Tynan A Capitol Fourth
Ronan Tynan, one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the world, is part of this year’s line-up at the 35th anniversary of A Capitol Fourth, celebrating our nation’s Independence Day. As a man who has overcome many life obstacles with “enormous passion and determination,” it is no coincidence that Tynan will be performing alongside artists whose lives, lyrics and music have inspired for decades.
Alabama, a band with over 73 million albums sold and inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, spent six years prior to its first record deal surviving on meager earnings from club tip jars. Classical pianist Lang Lang, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, is known just as well for his philanthropic work as he is for his sold-out performances around the world. Performances will also be given by Barry Manilow, KC and the Sunshine Band, Hunter Hayes, Nicole Scherzinger, the National Symphony Orchestra and Meghan Linsey of “The Voice.” Which brings us full-circle back to Ronan Tynan. He mentioned Linsey during a recent interview on Boston’s 89.7 WGBH. While expressing admiration for aspects of the country hosting its 239th year of independence, he stated “I think it’s great that the music world is such that people who are undiscovered become discovered (like) Meghan Linsey, she’s a powerhouse.”
Tynan shared that he will be singing “God Bless America,” a song whose lyrics can be reflected in something he said during his interview: “I think one of the things America does really well is patriotism.”
Those watching this memorable event will hear the same voice that sang at the funeral of President Ronald Reagan, at memorials in the wake of 9/11 and at the Concert of Hope in 2008. They will hear the voice that gives more than 50 keynote speeches annually, all over the world. They will hear a voice of comfort, strength and resilience as Tynan, one of the world’s most beautiful tenors, reminds us that from the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam, America is our home, sweet home.
A Capitol Fourth airs July 4, 2015, live on PBS and NPR stations from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.