By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN During Red Rooster Days, Dassel’s own Miss Minnesota, Natalie Davis was in town promoting her new 12-song CD, “Sweet Dreams,” a collection of soothing lullabies.
As Miss Minnesota, Davis works in partnership with the Miss America Scholarship Fund and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which the proceeds from sale of the CD will benefit.
The Children’s Miracle Network supports children’s hospitals in the US, such as Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, to provide care for children in need.
These particular hospitals will not turn down a child in need of care because of the family’s financial state, Davis explained.
As part of her commitment to service through the Miss America organization, Davis has a goal of raising $10,000 through the sale of her CDs.
With the proceeds going to support Minnesota’s Children Miracle Network hospitals, making an album that would be soothing to children seemed to make sense, she said.
Utilizing her vocal talent, Davis created a compilation of lullabies from the 1800s and 1900s; all recreated with their original music. Some of the songs include “Hush Little Baby,” “Now the Day Is Over,” “Are You Sleeping,” and “Come to the Window.”
In addition, Davis wrote a song, “Wish Upon A Star,” to piano music composed by Miss Minnesota 1983 Vicki Kueppers.
“Wish Upon A Star” is a prayer which Davis used various Bible verses to create.
“My Christian faith is something that is very important to me,” Davis said, adding that if she had a child in the hospital, “I would be praying constantly [for him or her] to get better and feel protected.”
“Sweet Dreams” is currently available for $15 each, or 2 for $20, plus $4 shipping/handling, through her website, nataliedavis.weebly.com.
CDs will also be for sale starting Monday, Oct. 3 at the Enterprise Dispatch office, 185 Third Street, SW, Cokato.
Preparing for the Miss America pageant
In the months leading up to the Miss America pageant, which will air Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 on ABC, Davis will prepare by engaging in various public speaking events.
“The best way to prepare is to be Miss America in my own state and be ready to bring my job to the national level,” said the St. Olaf chemistry major.
Recently, Davis sang the national anthem for her largest audience yet 52,000 people in the Metrodome prior to the Vikings Sept. 1 preseason game against the Houston Texans. A video of this can be found on her website, where she encourages people to follow her in her blog.
She has also done several media appearances and spent two days at the state fair.
Davis also enjoyed her homecoming during Red Rooster Days, where there was a special reception on her behalf on Labor Day.
“It was so much fun,” Davis said of her time at Red Rooster Days, adding that she appreciated everyone who made it a very special weekend for her.