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"The Music Just Took Over:" 10-Year-Old on Singing National Anthem Before NBA Finals

Nayah Damasen has just one regret: Not meeting 2-year-old Riley Curry

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    Her touch is still golden. Actually, more like blue and gold. Ten-year-old Nayah Damasen didn't disappoint Thursday night when she sang the national anthem at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Her only regret was not meeting Riley Curry. (Published Monday, June 8, 2015)

    Her touch is still golden.

    Actually, more like blue and gold.

    Ten-year-old Nayah Damasen didn't disappoint Thursday night when she sang the national anthem at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

    Not only did she bring the house down to a sold-out crowd, and millions more on TV, when she paid tribute to the United States with her rocking vibrato. But she also didn't break her lucky streak.

    Each time she's sang the national anthem for a Warriors game this playoff season, the team has won, which includes Thursday night's Golden State Warriors win over the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-100 during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

    "It felt so amazing," she told NBC Bay Area on Friday morning, after she returned home to San Jose about midnight. "I was scared. But then I started singing and the music just took over."

    She actually said that "technically" the team is her "good luck charm," for letting her be part of such a major event.

    Singer Rihanna attends Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California.
    Photo credit: Getty Images

    Her mother, Mardi Damasen, was still so excited she could barely speak in complete sentences. "I just went blank," she said, trying to describe all the range of emotions - pride, fear, excitement - that she felt when her young singing sensation sang before the crowd.

    Damasen said she was so scattered before the game that she didn't even realize Rihanna was sitting next to Warriors' owner Joe Lacob when she shook his hand to introduce herself as "Nayah's mom."

    As for realizing her dreams, Nayah said it was absolutely thrilling to sing for her biggest audience yet.

    As for any regrets?

    Nayah has just one. She didn't get to meet Warrior's guard Steph Curry's 2-year-old Riley Curry, who has become a media star, overtaking her Daddy's press conferences, during the playoff season.

    "I would loooooove to meet her," Nayah said. "She is so cute."