Critically-acclaimed country artist-songwriter Craig Campbell is lending a breathtaking rendition of “American Anthem” to the 41st annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®. The country ballad saluting our veterans will be featured in the patriotic musical score, which is synchronized to a dazzling 25-minute pyrotechnic display over the East River in New York City.
A USO tour participant and longtime supporter of troops, Campbell was honored when Macy’s invited him to record “American Anthem” for the treasured 4th of July Fireworks spectacular.
“It’s a privilege to have been chosen by Macy’s to sing this amazing song for their 4th of July celebration,” shared Campbell. “I hope my performance of ‘American Anthem’ shows our love and appreciation of America and those who risked their lives for this country.”
The affecting ballad, composed by Gene Scheer, was first performed by mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves for President Bill Clinton at the Smithsonian’s unveiling of the restored Star-Spangled Banner flag in 1999. Norah Jones also recorded a beautiful rendition of the song for Ken Burns’ Emmy Award-winning World War II documentary for PBS, The War. “American Anthem” recognizes the sacrifices and selflessness of the men and women that have fought on the country’s behalf.
With musical accompaniment provided by the West Point Band, this year’s score also includes patriotic standards and gospel, classical and jazz tunes by some of music’s brightest names including opera singer Jamie Barton and Grammy® and Tony® Award-winning vocalist Heather Headley. NBC’s two-hour national broadcast of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular begins at 8pm ET / 7pm CT.
Campbell is currently playing select shows nationwide and will join Luke Bryan’s Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour on August 8. When not touring, Campbell is in the studio working on his third studio album – and his first on RED BOW Records – which features his lauded, moving single, “Outskirts of Heaven.”
For more information on Craig Campbell and tour dates, visit www.craigcampbell.tv.