At Super Bowl LVIII, Andra Day touched the hearts of millions of fans worldwide and the crowd at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium with a moving performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Known by many as the Black national anthem, Day sang the classic song in the heart of Black History Month with a powerful rendition. The song, written by James Weldon Johnson in the beginning and composed by his brother John Rosamund Johnson, envisions a freed future for African Americans while also reflecting on the continuous fight for racial equality.
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With six support vocalists at her sides, Day ascended the stage wearing a gray coat, matching slacks, and heels, adding her own unique twist to the stirring lyrics. Showcasing her vocal range, she sang, “Facing the rising sun of our new day begun/Let us march on ’til victory is won.”
The audience responded to her performance with wild applause.
At this year’s Super Bowl, American Sign Language singer Justina Miles accompanied Sheryl Lee Ralph as she sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Ralph was the first Black woman to perform the ballad on the field prior to kickoff, but Alicia Keys and Mary Mary had already done it during the Super Bowl.