West Virginia University police officer Carlton Smith stepped in to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the West Virginia-Kansas game at the WVU Coliseum on Jan. 12.
He didn’t have time to warm up or practice, but he still blew away the crowd with his stellar performance.
According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, it wasn’t Smith’s first public performance or his first time attempting the national anthem. He’s performed it live at area sporting events. His golden voice earned him a ticket to Hollywood on “American Idol.”
Still, Smith says he always gets nervous before performing, and the anthem is a difficult song to pull off successfully.
Smith’s performance has gone viral, and has been seen over a half-million times on YouTube.