Luke Bryan Reveals Text He Sent Eric Church Following 2021 Super Bowl National Anthem Performance

by Halle Ames

Nerves were apparently pretty high for Eric Church following his 2021 Super Bowl National Anthem performance reveals Luke Bryan. 

Most people, including the biggest names in the music industry, would probably sweat a little if they were asked to sing a live performance of the National Anthem on one of the biggest stages. Only around 105 million people were watching Eric Church this year. What could go wrong? 

Well, in an interview at the 2021 Country Radio Seminar, Luke Bryan says that Eric Church may have been just a little on edge for his performance. 

R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan accompanied Eric Church on February 7 for the Super Bowl LV, where the Kansas City Chiefs took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Following the performance, fellow country star and friend of Church’s, Luke Bryan, sent his friend some encouraging words. Church replied with one single word. 

“I was like, ‘Dude. I know you’re glad it’s over. Congrats,'” Bryan recalls. “And he sent me one word: ‘Stressful.'”

Why Eric Church Almost Turned Down the Opportunity

Despite Luke Bryan’s kind words, Eric Church admits that he almost didn’t accept the invitation to sing due to the challenges that accompany a live performance. 

“It’s so hard,” he told Apple Music Country’s Today’s Country Radio With Kelleigh Bannen. “My first response was, nuh-uh … I can’t. I’m a stylist, not a vocalist.”

What changed his mind? Well, first, the fact that he was hand-selected by producer Adam Blackstone. However, what really sold him was who he would be singing with. 

Jazmine Sullivan is a Billboard-topping R&B/ Hip-Hop artist. She also received a Billboard Women in Music award, one BET award, and 12 Grammy nominations. 

“I thought, ‘That’s cool; that sounds like me,’ and then I heard her, and I’m not missing a chance to sing with her,” Church said. “And that was it. Once I heard her voice, I said, ‘Okay, I’m in.'”

Luke Bryan Under Pressure as Well

Similarly, Luke Bryan felt the same stress when he had an acapella performance of the National Anthem at NRG Stadium in Houston for the 2017 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. 

If anything, Luke Bryan felt more pressure due to the general poor feedback for his performance at the MLB All-Star Game in 2012. According to Taste of Country, the artist “caused a giant controversy online when fans criticized the singer for reading the lyrics to the anthem off his hand while he sang.”

Nerves can get the best of you! It could be “Happy Birthday,” and we might still freeze up in front of that large of an audience! 

Although, Luke Bryan admitted to his faults. He said that he had to rise to the challenge of singing the anthem once again. Bryan noted that “you’ve just gotta do it and move on from your past.”

“I said, you know, I didn’t move to Nashville and go through all this to puss out on those kinds of moments,” Bryan reflects. “This is a time where you’ve gotta do it, you’ve gotta own it, you’ve gotta own what you are, and no matter how much moxie or swagger you’ve got, you’ve gotta walk your butt out there and sing the anthem … and move on from your past.”

Despite one lousy performance almost ten years ago that we can look past, we still love both Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Now, just let us know when you are releasing new music! My playlist is sounding a bit repetitive.