I have not sold over 65 Million albums in my career. I have not won 7 Grammy Awards. I don’t have anywhere close to 7 Million followers on Twitter. Dennis K. Morgan, hasn’t accomplished any of those things either…and neither one of us is married to the Captain of the Nashville Predators.
The Predators decision to have Carrie Underwood, along with other Country artists, sing the US National Anthem prior to their playoff home games has struck a sour note with Morgan, the team’s resident singer.
Morgan has sung for the fans in #Smashville 185 times…and does a completely respectable job!
But he’s not Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Vince Gill, or a member of Little Big Town.
Initially, the change came at Carrie’s request, as Morgan was quoted in The Tennessean:
“[The Team] came to me and said the Captain’s wife asked to sing the anthem that night. It was presented to me as a one night only kind of thing and I agreed to it. Then they continued to bring in these other singers and touted them as ‘A-listers,’ which kind of hurt me.”
Apparently, Morgan was tired of being asked about those A-listers stealing his spotlight.
“I’m not going to hide my disappointment and I told the Predators that I have been asked the same question over and over and it’s just really getting old,” Morgan said. “Everywhere I go — obviously at my day job (as a healthcare IT recruiting manager) and at (Bridgestone) arena as well as everywhere else I go to church, grocery stores, on the street, in meetings and in restaurants — people want to know how I feel.”
Dennis, if I were you I’d just have this clip ready to show people at all times!
Morgan added that he was planning to address his frustrations after the playoffs with the team.
“The most important part of a Stanley Cup run is not what happens in pregame ceremonies, but rather what happens on the ice,” he said. “I will address any disappointment I have with the Predators’ decision hopefully after a Stanley Cup parade.”
One thing’s for sure…Carrie would be a part of that parade! She’s become one of the teams biggest fans over the last few years, even taking shots at those dastardly Anaheim Ducks on social media!
If I could offer one piece of advice to Dennis, it would be to approach the gig more like our Edmonton Oilers’ Anthem singer, Robert Clark, who shared his stage with about 18 000 others and didn’t seem to mind!