Olive Branch Police Department custodian reveals gifted singing voice

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Olive Branch Police uncovered a hidden treasure right in their own building.

Custodian Suanne Abbott, 59, enjoys keeping things neat and in order.  On Tuesday, she spent the day cleaning, a routine she began 26 years ago.

Recently, Olive Branch Police Chief Don Gammage was looking for a singing voice for an upcoming event.  He heard about Abbott and thinks he may have discovered a star.

"She came in and I asked her, 'do you know the National Anthem?'" Gammage said.  "She said yes ... so she did and it blew me away."

Abbott has been singing her whole life, although only a few people knew it.

Abbott is shy with a sweet disposition.  She sings regularly at church and other venues throughout the city.  She said she is no longer afraid thanks to God.

"Everything in my life I was pretty much scared of and he's done a real work in me," Abbott said, "and I'm not going to be scared anymore."

Abbott said the sky is the limit in terms of what happens down the road.  She said she sings when she is happy and that she will no longer hide behind the gift she has been given.

"Whatever God has for you, for your destiny, he's going to fulfill it if you listen to him," Abbott said, "and I am."

Abbott was also recently booked to sing at a search and rescue convention in Tunica as well as the opening ceremonies for the Southeastern Regional LawFit Challenge Friday at Olive Branch High School.

Abbott will now sing regularly with the Honor Guard at various functions.

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