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Eric Church performs onstage during 2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Eric Church was announced as the performer of the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl (although I wish he was doing the halftime show, but that’s another rant for another day.)

I found this footage of Eric auditioning for a high school production. He’s barely recognizable, sporting khaki pants and a long sleeve polo, sans his signature aviators (it’s nerdy Chief, and I’m very much here for it, tbh.)

Singing at the Super Bowl is a huge opportunity for any entertainer. I wonder if, growing up in Granite Falls, North Carolina, Eric ever dreamed he’d one day be performing at the biggest event in professional sports.

The clip also features one of Eric’s classmates, but cuts back to Eric just after the 2-minute mark.

ERIC CHURCH: From High School Nerd To Cool Country Crooner


Jenny Bender is one third of the Kicks Wake Up Krew on Kicks 99 in Augusta, Georgia, along with Cash & Dub. She's married to Chris Bender and is doting dog mom to their two rescue fur babies, Mary Poppins Bender & Truly Scrumptious Bender. Jenny is a karaoke queen who loves Jesus, country music, cheese, and the color pink.