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East Greenville Man Sings His Way Into the Hearts of Thousands
Written by Kelly Chandler Staff Reporter

One of Gerhart's recent appearances was at the new PPL Center in Allentown where he sang the Canadian national anthem at a Phantoms' hockey game. Gerhart is scheduled to perform the next two weekends at the Phantoms.

        Chances are if you've been to an area baseball, football, basketball or hockey game, you've heard of Keith Gerhart.  Or rather, you've heard him.

        The East Greenville resident has been belting out his versions of the "Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" for the past few years.  But Gerhart will be the first to tell you, he never thought he would be the one holding the microphone and performing in front of thousands.

        "It's something I've done in the shower all my life," joked the 61-year-old of singing.  "But no, I didn't see myself doing it."

        Gerhart said he actually got his start while sponsoring race cars at Grandview Speedway in Washington Township.  At one time he asked track organizer Ernie Saxton how the venue chose their performers.  That question led to an invitation to sing the national anthem at an upcoming race night.  And Gerhart, quite simply, said 'why not.'

        "I figured I could give it a shot and I did," he noted.

        While he definitely wouldn't call his approach frilly or over-the-top, Gerhart said he gives a heartfelt, classic rendition each time that has him in demand most weekends year-round.  He doesn't get a paycheck but usually gets free admission to the events he performs at. 

        Gerhart, who had previous experience entertaining crowds only on the karaoke circuit, has made his rounds throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  He has performed at Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and Reading Phillies games, Big Diamond, Mahoning Valley, Path Valley, Action Track and Linda race tracks in his home state and at Bridgeport and New Egypt tracks in New Jersey.

        His repertoire includes the Canadian national anthem, which he will sing at a Lehigh Valley Phantoms ice hockey game this weekend and next weekend.  He has also performed at a Quakertown Blazers all-star game, veterans' events and at countless Upper Perkiomen High School athletic contests.

        Gerhart, who works full-time as an estimator for a Hatfield engineering firm, has another side to him – he's a big-time contributor to area charities.  He is the founder of the Hosensack Poker Club, a Texas Hold 'Em club which has donated more than $20,000 locally to the likes of Vets for Vets of Pennsburg, kids' bowling leagues and athletic teams over the past decade.

        With a Rob Zombie tattoo on his left forearm, Gerhart's favorite genre is heavy metal, but he also has an affinity for many other types of music.  He previously recorded a CD of Roy Orbison songs and performs many other styles including opera and country.

        At a wedding  a few years ago, Gerhart said he sang Andrea Bocelli's version of "Ave Maria" in Italian, followed up by Lone Star's "Amazed" for the couple's first dance.  During the reception, someone in the crowd also requested Zombie's "Dragula," which he happily obliged. 

        "You did opera, country, and then Rob Zombie...who the heck does that? I am blown away," he recounted the DJ saying, with a laugh. 

        But for Gerhart, it's not out of the ordinary; it just shows how much he loves what he does.  How much music is genuinely a part of his soul.      

        "I do it just because I love singing," he said.  





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