Jim Cornelison is known for his ability to belt out our national anthem; he's even been hired by the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team to do it full time. But folks are going wild over his performance today before the big playoff game between the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field. By all accounts, it was more chilling than the Chicago wind.
Darren Rovell from CNBC tweeted: "Pretty convinced Francis Scott Key just jumped out of his grave from that National Anthem. Wow." Joel Lazauskus at The Faster Times called it "the most badass national anthem ever."
And he is good. Check out his performance from today and see what you think.
But perhaps even more moving is the performance of the same song by 8-year-old Elizabeth Hughes at a recent hockey game in Virginia. She has a beautiful voice and started out strong, but watch what happens when her microphone stops working in front of more than 12,000 people. Talk about chills.
The crowd, realizing she's stuck, joins in and sings along to finish it out in one of the most heartwarming versions of the song I've ever seen. That's what America is, or at least should be, all about -- helping those in need, joining together for the common good, voicing our pride in this country. I love it, and her composure is amazing!
So while Mr. Cornelison is great, my vote goes to Elizabeth Hughes and the fans at this hockey game. Bravo!
Which singer's performance do you find more moving -- professional Jim Cornelison, or Elizabeth Hughes and the hockey crowd?
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