A crowd at a West Virginia college basketball game was left devastated after hearing that the scheduled performer set to sing the pre-game “Star Spangled Banner” was stuck in traffic and wouldn’t be able to make it in time to sing. However, when a police officer in the building grabbed the mic, no one ever expected to hear what came out of his mouth.
Singer Leslie Dorchester was set to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” at the basketball game between West Virginia University and the University of Kansas, but a snowstorm held her up in traffic. After exhausting every option she had, even attempting to run through the snow on foot, she just couldn’t get there on time for her performance.
Luckily, someone in the crowd remembered that there was a former American Idol contestant who could fill in — Officer Carlton Smith.
“They were like, ‘Hey, we need a favor. Can you sing the anthem?’” Smith recalled, according to Inside Edition. “I said, ‘How long do I have?’ They said, ‘about five minutes.'”
Of course, the former American Idol contestant and police officer happily obliged their request. “Any chance I get to do the national anthem is always a big deal to me,” explained Smith, according to Daily Mail. “I was just basically hoping I didn’t mess it up too much.”
It’s a great honor as an American to be asked to sing our national anthem for a crowd of patriotic Americans. Although there was a short notice and an immense amount of pressure, Smith stepped in and delivered a knockout performance.
This cop was blessed with a beautiful talent. Although he may spend his days earning our respect as a police officer, it is when he sings that he truly shines.