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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Everywhere Ayla

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She warmed up the runners at the Boston Marathon Athletes’ Village, sang the National Anthem at the Boston Pops 4th of July celebration on the Esplanade and will join the gang at Fenway Park tonight for the “Hot Stove, Cool Music” concert, but Saturday night will make it official.

Ayla Brown is Everywhere.

Rivalling the likes of “Singing Trooper” Dan Clark, Boston Bruins anthem belter Rene Rancourt and former J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf for the title of Boston’s Most Omnipresent Local Singer, the Wrentham native and one-time American Idol contestant will be the headliner at the St. Mary of Carmen Society Festival at Pellegrini Park in Nonantum.

Globe sports columnist Jackie McMullan reports today that Brown's basketball coach at Boston College, Cathy Inglese, can't help but wonder if the incoming freshman is playing enough basketball.

Brown says Inglese has nothing to worry about and that once September rolls around, the coach "owns me."

Brown will be one of the bigger draws for the festival in recent years, and will sign autographs from 6 to 7 p.m., and then take the stage, backed by the doo-wop specialists The Reminisants.

Perhaps getting a bit carried away after bagging such a prize, the Society bills her as an Idol “finalist” on their web site. She was, in fact, a semi-finalist.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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