Ont. girl belts out duet with Springsteen at T.O. concert
Published Monday, August 27, 2012 9:29AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, August 27, 2012 10:12AM EDT
Bruce Springsteen rocked the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Friday night, and got some help from one of his younger fans.
Springsteen picked ten-year-old Halle Tator from Thornhill, Ont. out of a crowd of 40,000 fans to join him on stage for a duet of ‘Waiting on a Sunny Day.’
The invitation from “The Boss” came after the 62-year-old singer spotted Tator sitting on her father’s shoulders, waving a homemade sign that said, “It’s my 1st show. I’m waiting on a sunny day. Sing with me.”
“I felt really excited,” Tator told CTV’s Canada AM on Monday.
“I was going to go on stage with Bruce Springsteen -- a rock legend,” she said.
The little girl with the long brown hair and braces made the sign a few a days before the show and “touched it up the day of the concert,” she explained.
The child’s father, Sender Tator, had helped the singing student learn the words to Springsteen’s song a few days before the Toronto concert.
Springsteen’s music is well known in the Tator household.
“Bruce is my absolute hero,” Sender Tator told Canada AM on Monday.
“I’ve been trying to bring his music into our home, and into my daughter’s and son’s lives since they were very young,” he said.
Yet Tator never imagined that he would see his little girl on stage one day doing a duet with Springsteen.
When the moment came, it felt like “an out of body experience,” according to the proud dad.
“I’ve been to many of his shows. I’ve seen other parents’ kids up there. I’I just couldn’t believe it,” he said.
Remarkably, Springsteen’s latest duet partner was not the least bit nervous on stage.
“It felt amazing that everyone was liking my music and that I was entertaining everyone. It made me really happy,” she said.
Springsteen also helped to make Tator feel at home during her big moment on stage.
The star said, ‘Oh, it’s your first show,’” to the girl.
Springsteen then uttered words of encouragement to the girl as she began to sing.
“He said, ‘Good job. Good job. Keep going,” Tator explained.
Tator’s friends still cannot believe her good fortune.
“They said, ‘Oh my God. How were you ever chosen?’ There were lots of other kids with signs. Why me?” she said.
Tator and her family also experienced what it was like to be a celebrity after the show was over.
“People were so nice,” said Tator’s father.
“As we were leaving the concert people said to Halle, ‘You’re the girl that sang with Springsteen.’”