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Windham teen's voice is in high demand; she sings at Madison Square Garden in N.Y.

From the bleachers of Madison Square Garden to television screens across America, audiences tuned in to the melodic "Roar" of Windham's Emma Joanis.

The Windham High School freshman bounded onto the court to sing her rendition of the Katy Perry song during halftime on Jan. 25 when the New York Knicks hosted the Los Angeles Lakers.

Joining the young singer and actress for a few choruses was Knicks player J.R. Smith.

Emma and her mother, Wendy, arrived in the Big Apple several days in advance, where the 14-year-old spent some time in the studio in preparation for her appearance.

Last weekend was the second time Emma sang at Madison Square Garden; her first was during a Knicks game last year. She has also performed during Boston Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics games, and at NASCAR events.

Emma, the daughter of Windham School Board member Michael Joanis, said she began performing in local musical theater productions at age 7. At 9, she began taking professional voice lessons.

Last month she starred as the Ghost of Christmas Past at the Hanover Theatre's annual production of "A Christmas Carol" and over the years she's appeared on stages all over New England.

After singing the national anthem for President Obama during his visit to her hometown in fall 2012, more invitations came rolling in.

These days, Emma is represented by RKS Management, a New York City talent agency that has offered continued exposure for the young performer. She hopes to perform on Broadway some day.


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