Babyface Sings ‘America the Beautiful’

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A touching rendition! R&B legend Babyface wowed the gang together with his rendition of “America the Stunning” at Tremendous Bowl LVII.

The “Each Time I Shut My Eyes” crooner, 64, took the stage on the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 12, proper earlier than the massive sport. For his efficiency, he used a customized guitar designed by Sue Tsai.

The producer’s tackle the basic tune started as an acoustic-only rendition that introduced a number of viewers members to tears, together with Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni. About midway by the track, Babyface was accompanied by a backing observe with backup singers and extra instrumentation.

Forward of his efficiency, Babyface admitted that he was “stunned” that the NFL requested him to take part within the pre-show alongside Sheryl Lee Ralph and Chris Stapleton.

“This was not on my bucket listing and it was not something I ever imagined I’d do,” he mentioned on Friday, February 10, in a video interview with the NFL alongside his fellow pregame performers. “So to get that decision [I ask,] ‘Are you certain? Me?’ however I’m so honored.”

Within the interview, the “Two Events” singer went on to gush about working with the Abbott Elementary star, 66, and the nation singer, 44. Lee was chosen to carry out “Raise Each Voice and Sing” whereas Stapleton was tapped to sing the Nationwide Anthem.

Whereas arising together with his plans, Babyface admitted he had loads of concepts for what he might do with the patriotic track.

“The entire thing is that I’ve to suppose … ‘What sort of association are you going to do? Would you like [there] to be a choir? Would you like this? Do you do you need to do city? Would you like this and that?’” he mirrored to Leisure Tonight on Tuesday, February 7. “I simply thought one of the best ways for me to do it’s to simply choose up my guitar and sing it the way in which that I’d have sung it once I was a child.”

Nonetheless, the 12-time Grammy winner joked that his pregame efficiency “will differ so much” from the primary time he sang the track in entrance of an viewers again when he was a sophomore in highschool.

“I’m not gonna attempt to do something wonderful,” he teased on the time. “I’m simply gonna hold it easy and heartfelt.”

Babyface, for his half, additionally shared he hoped he might hold his nerves in examine for the massive efficiency however finally deliberate on doing his greatest.

“Everytime you sing any of those songs, whether or not it’s ‘America the Stunning’ or ‘Star Spangled Banner,’ you get judged by it on a regular basis,” the songwriter mentioned on the time. “So [the] solely factor I can do is simply be sincere and be heartfelt and put the identical love into it.”