Eric Church and R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan turned in an unprecedented and beautiful rendition of the National Anthem prior to this year’s Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year vowed never to perform the National Anthem, unless it was at the Super Bowl. “I’ve said this forever, ‘I will never, ever sing the National Anthem,’” he tells Apple Music’s Kelleigh Bannen. “It’s so hard. Except the Super Bowl, and I fully assumed. I mean, I’m not Chris Stapleton. I fully assumed they’re never going to ask me. So, this is the first.”
Eric said one factor was Jazmine’s voice that secured the deal. He also recently told the Los Angeles Times, “With what’s going on in America, it feels like an important time for a patriotic moment,” Church asserts. “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.”
Keith Urban weighed in on Twitter asking when fans can expect a duet between the two.
EC and Jazmine ….when’s the duet album coming ?! @ericchurch @jsullivanmusic #SuperBowl
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) February 7, 2021
Eric is currently scaling the country charts with his latest single, “Hell of a View.” He is also set to release not one, but three albums in April — Heart & Soul. The & album will only be released to members of his fan club, the Church Choir, on April 20th. Heart will be released April 16th, while Soul will be available April 23rd.