Eric Church Opens Up About Hesitating to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl LV: ‘I’m Not Chris Stapleton’

by Kayla Zadel
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Eric Church hasn’t publicly said anything about performing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LV until now. The award-winning country singer-songwriter is sharing his initial thoughts on singing at one of the biggest sports spectacles.

Church admits that he never wanted to perform the song on the big stage because of the vocal challenges it poses.

“I’m not Chris Stapleton,” Church says according to Variety. What’s more, the 43-year-old Entertainer of the Year is pairing up with R&B and Hip-Hop star Jazmine Sullivan. But Church admits he’s never listened to Sullivan before the proposed duet.

Church says, “No, I’ve not met her yet, Let me tell you something. She may be the best singer. I was floored. And you know what, the best thing about this, no matter what happens, because that’s a nervy thing that we got to do, but what a fan, I’m a fan. I’ve went in and listened to everything she did. And I had heard her name, but full disclosure, I had not listened.”

Eric Church Gets Paired with Jazmine Sullivan

The singer-songwriter continues to explain that Adam Blackstone, a producer who’s known for working with the Roots and now Justin Timberlake “was the guy that set the track up and said, ‘Hey, these are the two guys I want.’ And it was really credit to him. They come in and go, ‘I want this guy and I want this girl.’ And here’s what I said… I’ve said this forever, ‘I will never ever sing the national anthem.’ It’s so hard. Except the Super Bowl … I mean, I’m not Chris Stapleton. I fully assumed they’re never going to ask me. So, this is the first.”

Several artists turn down “The Star-Spangled Banner” because of the criticism that also comes with it. Singers are often labeled with “remember the time so-and-so sang the National Anthem and botched it?”

The Super Bowl LV will take place on February 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. CBS will broadcast the event.

Eric Church is Releasing Not One, or Two, But Three Albums

Eric Church was a busy man in 2020. The Outsider explains that he used different methods to create these three albums “Heart,” the fan club/vinyl-only “&” and “Soul.” He packed up his entire band and crew and took them to a remote location to produce the album.

“As we got halfway through the project and we were a couple of weeks in, I started going, ‘Damn, this is good.’ And it kind of went from there. We never went in there and went, ‘Hey, we’re going to make three albums.’ That’s not the way. We just said, ‘We’re going to make music. I fully believed that we going to suck a lot more than we did, but it worked out, I think that’s to the credit of creativity.

Outsider.com