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Royals national anthem singers Julianna Zobrist, KC’s Sada K. Jackson put God first

Sada K. Jackson — who grew up in Kansas City — sang the national anthem before Friday’s ALDS game at Kauffman Stadium.
Sada K. Jackson — who grew up in Kansas City — sang the national anthem before Friday’s ALDS game at Kauffman Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Before the Royals and Houston Astros started game 2 of the American League Division Series today, Christian artist and Kansas City native Sada K. Jackson took the field to sing the national anthem.

And she was psyched to come home.

Sada K. Jackson started singing at age 3, at Quindaro Church of God in Christ in Kansas City, Kan. It led to her singing at Harvest Church in North Kansas City and then at televangelist Joel Osteen’s church, and eventually to L.A. to join Christian pop group Press Play. She now has nearly 37,000 followers on Twitter. But her family still lives here, and she makes frequent trips back.

Her faith is strong, she told The Star in June, because of how much she has had to bear.

“My father was diagnosed with cancer. My mother was diagnosed with cancer. It’s been such a journey, and I know God gave it to me because he won’t give me any more than I can bear, so I must be strong.”

She even included her mom in her video for “Long Story Short.”

Sada K’s performance followed that of fellow Christian artist Julianna Zobrist, wife of Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist. She sang the national anthem at The K Thursday night, before the first playoff game against the Astros.

If you don’t know who Julianna is, here’s a primer:

According to the couple’s website, thezobrists.com, she is from Iowa, from a family of eight. As the fourth child, she considers herself the “middle child.”

Her father is a pastor of an evangelical church, and God is central to her life. (As it is for Ben, who writes “Jesus is my Lord and my righteousness. My faith is no longer in my performance, but in His life, death and resurrection on my behalf.”)

At 21, as a wedding gift, Ben gave his bride Julianna “a midi keyboard, microphone, and a laptop equipped with a recording program.” From there, she started turning her poetry into song and is now a Christian artist “intent on creating music that compels people to both move and think — to dance and ponder.” Earlier this year, she released a single, “The Dawn.”

“The Dawn” also happens to be hubby Zobrist’s walk-up song.

Julianna has sung the national anthem for her husband’s former team, the Tampa Bay Rays, several times, most recently when the Royals played them in August. She has more than 31,000 Twitter followers. And she and their two adorable kids watch the game. Here they were during the rain delay.

And if there is a game 5 at The K, Taylor Hicks (from season 5 of “American Idol”) is scheduled to sing the anthem.

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