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Leesburg’s Kyle Lambdin, 12, sings at U.S. Open

It was Saturday night at the U.S. Open in New York, and 12-year-old Kyle Lambdin of Leesburg confidently strode out to center court and belted out a super version of “America the Beautiful.” And when he threw in a couple of vocal flourishes toward the end, the hardened crowd of New Yorkers in massive Arthur Ashe Stadium loved it.

According to the Loudoun Times-Mirror, Lambdin won the spot by auditioning at Harlem’s Apollo Theater this summer. He has been singing since age 5, and was a semifinalist in a Kidz Bop talent search. And if you didn’t know, Kidz Bop CDs now compete with rappers and pop singers on the national charts. Kyle goes by “KyleRok,” does an interesting version of Cee Lo’s “Forget You” here, and has his own channels on, numerous YouTube videos, a Facebook page and a Twitter account. It’s a lot of work being 12 these days.

So watch this and enjoy another future NoVa singing sensation:

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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