Eric Church shows off his patriotic side with tonight’s moving rendition of the National Anthem. The singer brings passion and his usual raw edge to ‘The Star-Spangled Banner” in a soulful performance at Super Bowl LV.
Church may have been nervous before his performance. But the country singer continues to show why he’s one of country music’s most dominating forces. Church performed the anthem as a duet with soul singer Jazmine Sullivan prior to the big game. Despite their different genres, Church and Sullivan’s styles complemented each other well, making for a dynamic performance.
It’s something that the two have practiced in the lead-up until tonight. And all of their hard work appears to have paid off in spades. Prior to his turn at the National Anthem, Church admitted he avoided the song for as long as he could. Because he thought it was hard to sing and properly capture as an artist.
“Honestly, there’s just more to lose than to gain,” Church told the Los Angeles Times. Well, the artist might have gained a few more fans.
Why Eric Church Chose to Sing the National Anthem
Eric Church said he decided to sing the National Anthem because of all the political and social strife in the country over the past year. For many, the past year has been a tough one in part due to a global pandemic. The country artist wants to bring a little unity to the country and patriotism as well.
“With what’s going on in America, it feels like an important time for a patriotic moment,” Church told the Los Angeles Times. “An important time for unity. The fact that I’m a Caucasian country singer and she’s an African American R&B singer — I think the country needs that.”
Both Church and Sullivan were only the second time in Super Bowl history that the National Anthem was performed as a duet. Prior to their performance, Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville performed the song back in 2006. The two leave big shoes to fill for next year’s performance.
What’s even more remarkable is Church and Sullivan have never performed together prior to the National Anthem. But the two worked tirelessly to perfect the song prior to their performance.
“I feel like in this country, we’ve given up the common ground,” Church said. “When I’m at a concert, I’m not thinking about how many people there are Republicans or Democrats.