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15-year-old local singer opens for Willie Nelson at Koka Booth Amphitheater

Posted July 14, 2017 10:51 p.m. EDT
Updated September 20, 2018 12:27 p.m. EDT

— A local 15-year-old performed at the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary Friday night, opening for legendary performer Willie Nelson.

Brooke Hatala, of Cary, was originally featured on WRAL's New Year's Eve coverage of First Night.

"Two years ago, I went to a concert here and was watching Colbie Caillat, I was like, if I can be on that stage, that would be a dream," Hatala said.

15-year-old local singer opens for Willie Nelson at Koka Booth Ampitheater

In front of a packed crowd, Hatala showcased her acoustic sound Friday night, performing on the biggest stage of her career.

"Before I was so excited," Hatala said. "I was anxious, a few nerves, but more than anything, I was super excited. I was ready. I've been preparing for this for a long time, so I was super excited."

15-year-old local singer opens for Willie Nelson at Koka Booth Ampitheater

"This experience was just amazing, and it really opened my eyes to what it's like to be an artist," she said. "The prep before the show, and just being on that stage and looking out on this crowd of this many people. It was just amazing."

Hatala will be playing the North Hills Farmer's Market Saturday.

15-year-old local singer opens for Willie Nelson at Koka Booth Ampitheater