Emma 'Emery' Henderson of Southampton performs anthem at ceremony for US Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Southampton resident Emma "Emery" Henderson, 13, performs the national anthem at U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's ceremonial swearing-in earlier this month in Boston while Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral looks on. Purchase photo reprints »
Not many 13-year-olds have a stage name. But JFK Middle School student Emma “Emery” Henderson adopted one before taking the stage to sing the national anthem at U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ceremonial swearing-in in Boston earlier this month.
Just two days after Warren’s official swearing-in in Washington, D.C., U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan ceremonially administered the oath Jan. 5 at Roxbury Community College for Warren’s supporters in Massachusetts.
“It was awesome, it was amazing,” Henderson said Monday. “There was such great energy in the room. She was just elected and sworn in, and she’s the first woman U.S. senator in Massachusetts, so everyone was really excited.”
Henderson is not new to performing in front of politicians. For the past three years, she has performed at the State House Veterans Day celebration, a job she got after singing at a local event for female veterans. The state Department of Veterans’ Services then recommended her to sing at Gov. Deval Patrick’s State of the State speech a year ago this month.
“I always get nervous right before I go on, but when I start singing, it kind of goes away,” said Henderson, who has also starred in numerous musical theater performances around the area.
She first met Warren at last year’s Veterans Day celebration, she said, where the senator complimented her on her pipes. Still, the eighth grader said it was thrilling to meet her again Jan. 5.
“I was trying to keep my cool, but in my head I was freaking out,” she said.
Henderson, the daughter of Michael and Gail Henderson of Thomas Circle, said she hopes to be make a career of singing when she grows up.
— REBECCA EVERETT