Tri-City native sings at presidential inauguration

Tri-City HeraldJanuary 21, 2013 

A Tri-City native sang at today’s presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Mezzo-soprano Alicia Miles Olatuja, 30, sang a solo with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir as it belted out, The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Olatuja was born in the Tri-Cities but moved from the area when she was 6 years old with her mother, former Pasco School District teacher Valencia Miles Wallace. Her father James Miles still lives in the Tri-Cities.

“Alicia sings with many different theater groups and (choirs) around the world,” her mother said. “She’s a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and is a soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

“It was very exciting that Alicia was able to sing at the inauguration ceremony today.”

Olatuja lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her mother lives in St. Louis, Mo.

The New York Daily News wrote a story about the choir's performance and posted a photo of Olatuja.

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