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The Martin family, Tallant, Texas, Kell, March, Jamie and Paul Martin, posed for a picture in front of the White House Monday before performing at the annual Easter Egg Roll. SUBMITTED

It wasn't the first time Hendersonville residents Paul and Jamie Martin had been invited to the White House, but performing at Monday's annual Easter Egg Roll was special nonetheless.

"First of all, what an honor it was to play the White House," said Jamie Martin. "But the amazing thing was to be able to do this as a family."

The musical group The Martin Family Circus also includes the couple's four children - Tallant, Texas, Kell and March. All four children sing and play at least one instrument and seem to have won the genetic lottery when it comes to musical talent.

Until the family started touring full time about two years ago, Paul Martin played with country singer Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. He is also a former lead singer and guitarist for the band Exile. Jamie Martin's parents are long-time Hendersonville residents Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys and Grand Ole Opry singer Norah Lee Allen.

Jamie Martin's musical connections came in handy last week when she realized it would be logistically impossible to perform at a Sounds game opener in Nashville on Sunday and at the White House in Washington, D.C., the next day.

She asked her dad if the Oak Ridge Boys could fill in, and after consulting with the other three members, the group agreed to sing the National Anthem at the ball park on Easter Sunday.

"They were all coming home that morning and were all available," said Jamie Martin. "It worked out great for everyone."

The Martin Family Circus was invited to perform at the 139th annual event after a friend recommended them to First Lady Melania Trump, who had the final say in who would be performing.

Paul had played the White House before and Jamie had been more than once with Allen and the Oak Ridge Boys - once taking a tour of the Oval Office guided by George Bush, Sr.

The family didn't get a private tour this time, but they did get to perform in front of thousands on the White House's South Lawn. In addition, Texas and Tallant, the couple's two youngest children, painted Easter eggs and listened as the First Lady read a story.

Jamie says she's heard positive feedback via texts and social media from people all over the country who saw the family perform.

"We had a great time," she added. "They seemed to really love what we do."

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