Jennifer Nettles knew she was singing the National Anthem in front of more than 150,000 fans during Battle at Bristol when she took the stage at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night (9/10).
Billed “College Football’s Biggest Game Ever,” she also knew a few million viewers at home would also tune in for the Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech matchup. But none of that fazed her. The singer performed the “Star Spangled Banner” with such gusto and bravado that sent the internet into an impressive fervor.
Fans were instantly tweeting about the performance that was further amplified by fireworks and a military flyover. Over the weekend and into Monday morning, “Jennifer Nettles” was trending on Facebook as thousands continued sharing videos from the absolutely incredible performance. Several posts on YouTube created more enthusiasm, some simply recording their TV screen with phones and uploading it for the world to see. Stations across the country are even receiving requests for her version to be played on the radio.
Nettles will release “Hey Heartbreak,” the second single from her latest album PLAYING WITH FIRE on Big Machine Records, to Country radio on September 26.
Watch the performance below: