The game’s organizers were scrambling to find someone else to sing. But, someone knew of a police officer working security for the game that evening, Carlton Smith. He also happens to be a talented singer. They tracked him down and asked him if he would do it.
“They were like, ‘Hey, we need a favor. Can you sing the anthem?’” Smith recalled. “I said, ‘how long do I have?’ They said, ‘about five minutes,’” Carlton recalls.
Singing the national anthem is a daunting task, but the officer did it without any preparation. Not many may know this fact, but he’s used to this kind of pressure since he auditioned for “American Idol” in 2014.
“Any chance I get to do the national anthem is always a big deal to me,” he said later. “I was just basically hoping I didn’t mess it up too much.” Carlton proved he was up for the challenge, and his last-minute rendition was beautiful.
“I love this country, and I love singing,” he stated. “So two of the things that I love put together, there’s an overwhelming feeling of joy.”
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