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Wednesday, August 30, 1995 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Tonya Harding Debuts As Singer In Portland Concert For Mda

Seattle Times Staff: Seattle Times News Services

PORTLAND - Tonya Harding, the Olympic figure skater who fell from grace, is making her debut as a singer.

Harding will appear with her band, The Golden Blades, at a concert Sunday to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The band will perform "light pop" music, possibly including a Madonna song, according to Kellie Shipp of KKRZ-FM, the radio station that invited Harding to perform.

"She has been taking vocal lessons," Shipp said. "This was always something she wanted to do."

Harding was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association for her role in an attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan in January 1994.

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