Keith Urban has inspired and entertained Americans since releasing his debut solo album in 1999. But when the Australian native was asked to honor our troops during the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs, his response moved me to tears.
Known for his sultry voice and award-winning lyrics, the New Zealand-born Australian-American is one of country music’s biggest stars. But despite living in the U.S. for over two decades, the famous recording artist recently made a startling revelation.
The studded star confessed that in all his life, he had never been asked to perform the American national anthem. Urban took to social media and addressed fans in a brief clip that also featured a glimpse of the Grammy winner’s wife, actress Nicole Kidman, sporting a team jersey: “I’ve lived in America for almost 25 years, and I’ve never been asked to sing the national anthem — until tonight. So, it’s a huge honor. Thank you, Preds. God Bless!”
Keith Urban was overjoyed to finally be given the opportunity to honor America at Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. And the Nashville Predators home game was the perfect setting for the local Nashville dweller.
Proudly sporting a Predators jersey, Keith Urban stepped out on the ice and was overcome with emotion as he made his way to the mic.
As Urban’s electrifying a cappella rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” resounded through the stadium, there wasn’t a dry eye in the building. Urban sang with such pride and conviction it was absolutely breathtaking.
Watch as the country music superstar performs a jaw-dropping rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the video below. I promise, you don’t want to miss this:
God bless you, Keith Urban! Wasn’t that beautiful? I just couldn’t hold back the tears as I thought of all the brave men and women who have fought for our freedom. May God bless our troops, and may God bless America!