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Beloved national anthem singer at Lightning games launches new project reading children's books

Sonni Reading Project is free as a podcast
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Posted at 3:31 AM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 08:07:37-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Sonya Bryson-Kirksey is beloved by Tampa Bay Lightning fans for her powerful rendition of the national anthem.

She is now using her magical voice to captivate a whole new audience.

"Kids are going through so much right now, we want to be a positive for them," says Bryson-Kirksey.

Sonya and her sister Phillis McMiller are both retired after dedicating a large portion of their lives to military service. They are teaming up for the Sonni Reading Project.

It's an absolutely charming, free podcast. The video series features the singer using her magical voice to read children's books.

"We grew up with our family reading to us," says Bryson-Kirksey. "Our Aunt Kit was the Queen Reader!"

"We want our kids to get back to that," says McMiller. "Get back to using our imaginations."

Sonya's reading is warm and engaged, with a deliberately relaxed pace so kids and parents can enjoy some calm during this turbulent time.

The Sonni Reading Project is available on Facebook, YouTube and as a podcast on Spotify.

To send books directly to Sonya or make reading requests, mail to: Sonni Reading Project, PO Box 1717, Riverview, FL 33568.