Amber RileyDid you hear Amber Riley perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at the DNC the other night? The Glee star gave us pretty much everything a performance of the national anthem should have. It was haunting. Respectful. Flawless.

Do we really have to wait one more week until the Glee season four premiere to hear more out of her? I probably shouldn't admit the following, but what the heck. I've been watching the DNC with mixed feelings. I love seeing democracy in action, but there's that part of me that can't wait to see fall TV really get back into the swing of things.

But we certainly got the perfect balance of the two out of Amber Riley, didn't we?

Riley has said in the past that Whitney Houston was one of her favorite singers growing up, and she took the singer's death hard, especially when her cover of Houston's classic "I Will Always Love You" was released right in the wake of Houston's passing. Just a few bars in, and you could tell Riley was the perfect choice to do Whitney.

Now she's brought us an acapella version of the national anthem that belongs right up there with the version the late star did at the Super Bowl back in the '90s. She followed it up with a series of adorable tweets straight from the convention floor, including this tribute to Michelle Obama:

My First Lady is First class all the way. That speech was inspiring. She is everything I aspire to be. @MichelleObama http://via.me/-4rplr1o

Between the perfect anthem and her infectious enthusiasm for the electoral process -- she's also been tweeting out to her fans about the importance of voting -- Riley is that perfect bridge between the two very different worlds of entertainment and politics.

We need stars like her to get primetime fans excited about this election! And I dare say we need Ryan Murphy to realize fans are really listening to Amber so we can make sure there's plenty of screentime for character Mercedes Jones when Glee gets going again!

Check out Amber's riveting performance:

Is Amber one of your favorite Glee stars? What did you think of her performance of the anthem?

 

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