Marlana VanHoose is a Johnson County native, from the community of Denver, and a graduate of Johnson Central High School in Paintsville.
Her blossoming vocal abilities have taken her all over the United States. As a member of the Artist Music Guild, she was honored as the 2015 recipient for Youth Artist of the Year.
Marlana also was the 2012 New Artist of the Year and Young Artist of the Year. She was a nominee two years in a row, 2013 and 2014 for Artist of the Year.
Marlana was asked to sing the National Anthem at a University of Kentucky Women’s Basketball game in 2012. The video soon went viral on YouTube.
Since then, CBS evening news aired her story, she has sung at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race, NCAA women’s basketball tournament and at several NBA basketball games. She also has sung for the 2015 NBA Playoffs including the 2015 NBA Finals, Game 6. ESPN-E-60 aired “Loud and Proud” a story about Marlana and the UK women’s basketball. Marlana appeared on the Atlanta Live Gospel Show and Babbie’s House, a gospel show in Atlanta, GA. She also has appeared on various other shows such as Inside Edition & Entertainment Tonight. She was also recently commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel.
Music has been her passion since she was a toddler. It was discovered at this time in her life that a disease had caused her optic nerve to develop improperly.
She has since gone on to sing at a NASCAR Sprint Series Cup Race, the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and a NBA basketball game for the Brooklyn Nets and others. ESPN recently aired a story about Marlana and UK women’s
basketball. She plans on traveling the world and being an inspiration to others.