Eric Church Says Capitol Riot Convinced Him To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl

Country superstar Eric Church says that the Capitol riot last month convinced him to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LV.

Church is set to team up with R&B star Jazmine Sullivan to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at this weekend’s Super Bowl LV, while Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful.”

“I’ve avoided it forever,” Church told the Los Angeles Times.
“It’s an incredibly hard song to sing. And I’m not a vocalist — I’m a stylist. Somebody like me, you take some liberties with it, then you’ve gotten too far away from the melody and suddenly you’re a communist.”

“With what’s going on in America, it feels like an important time for a patriotic moment,” he added. “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.”

“I feel like in this country, we’ve given up the common ground,” Church continued. “When I’m at a concert, I’m not thinking about how many people there are Republicans or Democrats. But that’s how you win elections — you have to create the division, to rile up a base. And because of COVID, we’ve lost the things that used to unite us: concerts, sporting events, trips to Vegas with the boys. I can tell you from the concert standpoint, the longer we go without people being able to put their arms around the person next to them and have a moment of communion, it gets more tenuous and more dangerous. And I think the reality of that is what happened at the Capitol.”

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs are set to take on Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, February 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The Weeknd will headline the halftime show. Deaf rapper and recording artist Warren “WAWA” Snipe will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” in American Sign Language.

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