By Jessica Van Sack
BOSTON — Nine years after she was first nudged into singing in public at a rollicking Irish pub, Sgt. Detective Pauline Wells of the Cambridge Police department is now a headliner, about to give the performance of her life.
Tomorrow, she’ll lend her vocal talents to honor the memory of those lost in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in a tribute concert scheduled to be held at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre.
“It’s gonna be pretty unbelievable,” Wells said of the procession, which includes not only 14 of her own songs, but also performances by the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band and the Boston Police Gaelic Column.
All proceeds from the event go to the non-profit Cops for Kids With Cancer.
Wells is organizing the event with her husband, Milton Police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr., who still remembers the first time his wife sang in public nine years ago.
“Once everyone heard her voice the room went still,” he said.
After Sept. 11, 2001, Pauline Wells got a flurry of requests to sing the national anthem, and she began lending her voice and Irish contemporary style to charity benefits.
Tickets for the performance are available through Ticketmaster and paulinewells.com.