Olivia Currier made her Nor'easters debut four years ago at age 12 and has since added several major league teams to her singing resume
Over the last 25 years, the Ocean City Nor'easters have taken a lot of pride in seeing players represent the club and then move on to bigger and better things. This pride in talented youngsters has extended beyond soccer as the Nor'easters are excited to welcome Olivia Currier back to the Beach House in Ocean City, N.J. to sing the national anthem during the 2021 USL League Two season.
This will be the fourth season that Currier has sung the national anthem for the Nor'easters. She made her debut at the age of 12 during the 2017 season. She made such an impression the club invited her back in 2018 and again in 2019 to be the club's primary national anthem singer and are now welcoming her back for her third full season in 2021.
Despite last year being a slow year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Olivia's anthem singing resume has grown since she last belted out the Star-Spangled Banner at the Beach House in the summer of 2019. Most recently, she made her national television debut singing the anthem on ESPN before the Frozen Four (NCAA men's ice hockey championship) at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. As fans starts to be allowed back at Major League Baseball stadiums, Olivia returned to Citizen's Bank Park to sing for about 22,000 Philadelphia Phillies fans. Before the pandemic shut down profiessional sports in 2020, she sang for a pair of NHL teams (Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils), the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA, the Philadelphia Wings of Major League Lacrosse and for the Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team before a big game against Georgetown at the Wells Fargo Center.
Her singing is not limited to just the Star-Spangled Banner, she has also sung O'Canada for the Toronto Raptors (NBA) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL). She sang "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at a Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) game and traveled to Dublin to sing the Irish national anthem in Gaelic at a Sean Keane concert (famous Irish fiddler).
"I'm delighted to be back singing the national anthem for the Nor'easters," said Olivia Currier. "Ocean City is the perfect venue to cheer on the players, who are always exciting to watch. Singing the national anthem has afforded me so many thrilling experiences, such as traveling to places I'd never visit otherwise and learning about the precision of what goes on behind the scenes of a televised professional sporting event. I'm looking forward to a great season and am so grateful for this opportunity."
Currier's dream of performing on stage started very early on. She has taken musical theater and acting classes at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia and studies at the Koresh Dancy Academy, which, of course, have been put on hold due to the pandemic. She is currently holding an impressive 4.2 GPA at Merion Mercy Academy High School where, in addition to her usual academic workload, she is also part of the tennis and swim team. She currently hopes to study broadcast journalism and theater in college and, of course, will be involved in an upcoming play at Merion Mercy Academy where she will play the role of Rapunzel in a production of “Into the Woods”. She is very much a young woman of many talents.
"It’s truly been a blessing to watch Ollie have the opportunity to share her God-given talents," said Olivia's mother Lori Currier. "As parents we have always marveled at Ollie’s poise, self confidence, humbleness and tremendous courage to perform in front of as many as 40,000 fans without fear. I do believe Ollie is most joyful when she’s performing in musical theater. Being on stage in that setting brings all her natural talent to life. Ollie has always lived for the stage. It’s challenging but so rewarding."
Olivia Currier sings the national anthem at the NCAA Frozen Four men's hockey championship (her national TV debut on ESPN)
Olivia Currier sings the national anthem for the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park