Watch Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan’s Soulful, Syncopated Super Bowl National Anthem; H.E.R. Shreds on ‘America the Beautiful’

Watch Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan’s Soulful, Syncopated Super Bowl National Anthem; H.E.R. Shreds on ‘America the Beautiful’
Country and R&b stars Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan teamed up Sunday for one of the more unusual wrinkles in Super Bowl national anthem history, and something Frances Scott Key probably scarcely imagined: a duet.

That didn’t turn out to be the only extraordinary thing about their rendition: it was certainly one of the few significant syncopated versions of “The Star Spangled Banner” in TV history, with Church gently strumming the song on his electric guitar with light, funky accents on the 2s and the 4s, before Sullivan took it into an entirely more soulful realm.

How their extremely different voices would meld was a subject of suspense — even to the stars themselves, possibly, as Church recently admitted he hadn’t met Sullivan yet, weeks after being announced as her duet partner. But her presence saved him the need to soar into a high range he doesn’t have.
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