An Ohio Valley Native is chasing his dreams of becoming a musician and this weekend he’ll perform in front of thousands.
Greg Afek grew up in Wintersville and he is a 2003 graduate of Weirton Madonna High school. He’s always had a passion for music, but it wasn’t until his late years in High School that he really got into it, “It just became a part of me. It was like the missing ingredient that I always needed,” he said.
His passion for performing has led him to be apart of a number of bands playing at various locations in the New Orleans area, a place that is his new home. Recently, he entered an online music competition to sing the National Anthem at the New Orleans Bowl this Saturday, “Every time there’s ever an opportunity, some way or another I’ll try to find a way to do it. I don’t always have the most luck,” Afek said.
But this time his luck would change, you may have guessed it. He won the competition, “I’m just really, really grateful. Earlier this year, at the Super Dome I had done my re-enlistment. I got out of a helicopter and raised my right hand, so the Super Dome has been kind of good to me this year.”
What makes this even sweeter is the fact that Afek is a member of the military. In 2007 he joined the Coast Guard and that’s how he’s landed in the NOLA in 2014, but he still calls the Ohio Valley home.
Afek went on to say that he isn’t too nervous about his performance right now. He says he wants to just be himself and sing for our country and from his heart.
If you want to watch this Ohio Valley native during the pre-game, it’ll air on ESPN at 1 p.m. Saturday.