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“Harper Gruzins: Bouncing Back from Bullying. Harper's sweet yet bold presence permeated the FaithVillage studio, where we discussed her experience, as well as recorded two of her songs. Harper not only sings, but also plays both piano and guitar. She’s already written several songs and plans to continue writing, using her experience with bullying to encourage others to follow their dreams and remember that God is bigger than YouTube.”

“Take that! Young Coppell singer overcomes 'worst national anthem ever', signs talent contract. I wish every kid who has been bullied could be vaccinated with the strength that Harper Gruzins has. Harper had just turned 11 when she endured a barrage of hateful criticism after she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” off-key at an FC Dallas game in Frisco last July 28.”

““Harper, you had the courage to sing in front of thousands of people and I applaud you,” Aguilera said. “Keep your head up high and keep trying. You have nothing to be ashamed of.” Harper is not going to stop singing. She will continue on her dream and keep her head up. Just like Christina said.”

““I started to sing and was like, ‘That’s the wrong key.’ Once you start the national anthem, you don’t want to start over.” she said. ”

“What I’d like to see is a game where the entire crowd is encouraged to sing our anthem together and take ownership of what the song means. And until that time comes, how about refraining from knocking those with the courage to get up center stage and do the honors? Although it’s a funny thing, if you don’t humiliate and tear those dreamers down, some of them may actually grow into their dreams. Seems worth the chance of refraining from attacks like this. ”

“At the ripe old age of 11, Harper Gruzins of Coppell is learning that fame, can be fickle. Gruzins is the pint-sized aspiring singer/songwriter vilified on social media sites for a not-so-perfect rendition of the National Anthem. It happened before an FC Dallas soccer game last month. ”