Country music superstar Eric Church took to social media on Friday evening to share a teaser photo with his fans ahead of his performance at Super Bowl LV.
Church will be performing the national anthem in a duet with soul singer Jazmine Sullivan at Super Bowl 55 on Sunday. He recently posted a photo of his rehearsal at Raymond James Stadium.
“A special shoe for a special occasion. Thank you @coachmackbrown and thank you @jumpman23.
#sblv” Church wrote alongside the photo.
Church told the Los Angeles Times that he believes it’s an important time “for a patriotic moment.”
“With what’s going on in America, it feels like an important time for a patriotic moment,” Church said. “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.”
The 43-year-old country star says that he has “avoided it forever” because the national anthem is “an incredibly hard song to sing.”
“Honestly, there’s just more to lose than to gain,” he said.
Church and the 33-year-old Sullivan have never performed together. However, the two will blend their styles together in what will be only the second national anthem duet in Super Bowl history. Their performance will follow in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville in 2006. They also follow on the heels of last year’s national anthem singer, Demi Lovato.
Eric Church, Luke Bryan Performing After Party Show
In addition to performing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Church and fellow country music star Luke Bryan will be performing at the Super Bowl LV after party show. The event will be held as a live-stream concert, called The Big Concert for Small Business.
The proceeds of the event will help raise funds for small businesses that are still struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two country music stars aren’t the only singers who will be performing during the concert. The Verizon-sponsored event includes performances by Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, H.E.R., and Brittany Howard. Furthermore, actor and comedian Tiffany Haddish is hosting the event.
Furthermore, popular artist The Weeknd will be playing the halftime show. He will take the stage at around 8:30 p.m. ET.