There was no want to fret that Reba McEntire may mess up or carry any pointless thrives to “The Star-Spangled Banner” when she carried out the National Anthem previous to the Super Bowl on Sunday night. In contrast to anybody else who’d carried out it previous to the Bowl or every other main NFL sport in latest reminiscence, she introduced a full half-century’s expertise of singing the anthem to the event.
The yr 2024 marks a particular anniversary for the nation celebrity and her affiliation with the track: She is commonly stated to have been “found” 50 years in the past when she sang it on the 1974 Nationwide Finals Rodeo in her residence state of Oklahoma, when she was simply 19.
McEntire’s newest rendition of the anthem was extra absolutely orchestrated than another latest variations — and even her personal previous readings — have been, with a pre-recorded horn part sending the track towards a giant climax. McEntire combined glamour with a true-to-country huge belt buckle as she belted the nation’s theme track, with interstitial pictures together with pyro going off over Allegiant Stadium and a picture of the flag waving on Las Vegas’ new Sphere.
The recording of the Nationwide Anthem was produced by Adam Blackstone, who co-arranged with Nick Lombardelli. Gamers included Travis Toy on pedel metal, Clay Sears and acoustic and electrical guitars, Lombardelli on keys, Blackstone doing programming and bass, and a horn part made up of Lombardelli, Matt Gallagher, Joe Anderson, Ron Kerber, Chris Farr and Mark Allen.
Going into the sport, McEntire mentioned her preparation at a press convention, sounding like she didn’t have a lot purpose to sweat the high-profile gig. “I put together by being ready,” she stated. “I’ve been singing the nationwide anthem within the bathe, after we get within the automotive… Rex (Linn), my boyfriend, is a large soccer fan. He’ll say, ‘Sing it yet another time.’ I’ll say, ‘I feel i do know the phrases actual good proper now, so I’m all proper.’”
“It implies that I get to sing a really particular track for all American folks across the wrld who’ve actually labored so exhausting for our freedom and to present us peace…. It’s not about me. I’m a illustration of this track, and I’m simply honored to get to sing it. It’s a very good one. I’ve been doing it for 50 years and I’m actually proud to get to sing it.”
It’s the fourth yr in a row that the anthem has been carried out on the Bowl in full or partly by a serious determine in nation music. Chris Stapleton did it in 2023, preceded by Mickey Guyton in 2022. In 2021, nation star Eric Church sang it as a duet with R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan. The final time a Bowl rendering of “The Star Spangled Banner” didn’t contain a rustic singer was in 2020, when Demi Lovato had the honors.
Though this marked her first time singing it on the Tremendous Bowl, McEntire beforehand sang the anthem at a World Sequence baseball sport, in Cleveland in 1997.
If you wish to see how McEntire dealt with the anthem going again a quarter-century, right here is her studying of the track at a Dallas/Miami NFL sport on Nov. 25, 1999:
McEntire might proceed to take pleasure in a excessive tv profile, effectively after the Tremendous Bowl. NBC has given a pilot order to an untitled multi-camera comedy with the singer as star and govt producer. The pilot, from Common Studio Group’s Common TV division, reunites her with the crew behind her final two sitcoms, The WB’s “Reba” and ABC’s “Malibu Nation.” It’s going to star McEntire as a girl who “inherits her father’s restaurant and is lower than thrilled to find that she has a brand new enterprise associate within the half-sister she by no means knew she had.”