John Legend has one of those voices that sends a shiver from your ears, down your spine and to a place that won’t be mentioned on this site because I will lose my good standing with Google. For instance, today when he performed at the 2013 NBA All-Star game, his baritone changed the meaning of “The Star Spangled Banner”.
Sounding like a strange mix of Gospel, a negro spiritual and Barry White’s greatest hits, Legend’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner” was an experience for the crowd of basketball fans. Additionally, it reminded us that is indeed possible to sing the song live without the aid of a backtrack.
Watch Legend wow his fans at the 2013 NBA All-Star game below:
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