It took hundreds of videos and thousands of notes sung, but the Nashville Predators search for their next national anthem singer is down to 11.
The final 11 individuals, who range from financial advisors to undergraduate students, will now see the next step of their journey come this Thursday night when they'll perform before a panel of celebrity judges and fans at the Predators Open House. That panel, including local media personalities and members of the Preds Broadcast Team, will then whittle down the 11 to four.
Those four, in turn, will sing prior to the Preds four home preseason games (a doubleheader on Sept. 19, Sept. 28 and Sept. 30), with the winner selected by an online fan vote.
And who are the final 11? Without further ado:
Ashley Briggs (Occupation: Singer/Songwriter)
Favorite Song to Sing: "There's No Getting Over Me" by Ronnie Milsap
Fun Fact: I'm left handed and I play a mean game of tennis
Favorite Preds Player: Kevin Fiala. As someone who is the same age, it's inspiring to see him chasing his dreams and achieving his goals. I hope to do the same thing in my music!
Why You Should Vote for Me: There are very few things I love more than my country and singing. I consider it such an honor to be able to sing the national anthem for any event, but to be able to sing it for my city that I love and a team that I support would be a dream come true!
Nicole Boulris (Occupation: Undergraduate Student at Belmont University)
Favorite Song to Sing: "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" by Hillsong UNITED
Fun Fact: I'm pretty sure I'm better at shooting a basketball standing backward than I am standing forward.
Favorite Preds Player: Roman Josi
Why You Should Vote for Me: This would be the coolest opportunity. I would love to start Preds games with the rest of Smashville by honoring our country together!
Jamie Cartwright (Occupation: Certified Holistic Coach)
Favorite Song to Sing: "Crazy" by Willie Nelson
Fun Fact: I've been a Predators season-ticket holder since 2009.
Favorite Preds Player: Pekka Rinne
Why You Should Vote for Me: I believe the privilege of performing our national anthem is a time to honor our country and the sacrifices made by many for our freedom.
Tamica Harris (Occupation: Adjunct Professor)
Favorite Song to Sing: "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Fun Fact: When I was younger, as a student at the W.O. Smith Community Music School, I sang in a concert with Shania Twain, Aaron Neville and Dolly Parton.
Favorite Preds Player: Mike Fisher
Why You Should Vote for Me: I love my city! As a native Nashvillian, I take pride in my city. To witness the growth of Nashville has been an amazing thing to see. I would love the opportunity to share this same support, through my passion for singing, with the Nashville Predators.
Meagan Hash (Occupation: Account Manager at Payscape)
Favorite Song to Sing: Anything by Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Martina McBride or Carrie Underwood
Fun Fact: I hate the Blackhawks
Favorite Preds Player: Retired: Mike Fisher (a class act on and off the ice). Current: Ryan Ellis (slowly, but surely, became my favorite to watch throughout the season/into playoffs - he just makes things happen when he's on the ice).
Why You Should Vote for Me: I love the Preds and I love to sing - integrating the two would be a dream come true!
Megan Miller (Occupation: Operations Manager at Calvert Street Group)
Favorite Song to Sing: "A Broken Wing" by Martina McBride
Fun Fact: I can do solid impressions of Cher, Shakira and Stitch
Favorite Preds Player: P.K. Subban. Not only is he an exceptional leader, but one of the most charitable athletes.
Why You Should Vote for Me: As the reigning Miss Nashville and someone who has spent years touring the U.S. singing the national anthem at military and sporting events, I cannot think of a more rewarding way to serve our city than to sing for our Preds.
Jared Mitchell (Occupation: Music Account Representative)
Favorite Song to Sing: "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder
Fun Fact: I absolutely cannot whistle. At all. I've tried thousands of times.
Favorite Preds Player: Mike Fisher (He will be missed!)
Why You Should Vote for Me: Because I love the Preds, I love Nashville and I love this country!
Cathy Mullins (Occupation: Music Teacher, Worship Leader)
Favorite Song to Sing: "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin
Fun Fact: I'm a Gold and Blue Star mother and a grandma.
Favorite Preds Player: Roman Josi
Why You Should Vote for Me: Until the events of August 25, 2011, I never sang the national anthem as a solo. My son, SPC Brandon Scott Mullins, was an infantryman with the First Stryker Brigade, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. On his first deployment, he was killed in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked by an IED. I honestly believe my son is my guardian angel and is opening doors for me to sing.
Katie Ohh (Occupation: Registered Nurse, Songwriter)
Favorite Song to Sing: Back-to-back double feature of Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" and Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" on the mic at Santa's Pub!
Fun Fact: I competed on the NBC television show "The Winner Is" during the summer of 2013.
Favorite Preds Player: P.K. Subban. He has sportsmanship, skill and celebration moves for days!
Why You Should Vote for Me: I'm a local and a die-hard hockey fan living the Nashville dream and cheering on our Preds. I'm ready to make my Nashville dream a "Smashville" dream with your help!
Keesha Rainey (Occupation: Singer/Songwriter and Accountant)
Favorite Song to Sing: I love singing Whitney Houston songs and songs I have written.
Fun Fact: I played fast pitch softball from the age of 6 to college.
Favorite Preds Player: P.K. Subban
Why You Should Vote for Me: I was born and raised in Nashville, so it's important for me to go hard representing my city and team!
Adam Smith (Occupation: Licensed Financial Advisor for Edward Jones)
Favorite Song to Sing: "Feeling Good" by Michael Buble
Fun Fact: I have bowled two perfect games!
Favorite Preds Player: Filip Forsberg (Scoresberg)
Why You Should Vote for Me: I'm a huge Preds fan and want to experience being a part of the family!