Country super star Luke Bryan will be the opening act to the biggest football game of the year when he sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl LI in Houston.
Bryan announced on big news on Sunday via Twitter, where he said he is “excited to perform” on the NFL’s “biggest stage.”
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) January 22, 2017
The award-winning singer told People that he sees the gig as an opportunity to “serve” his country.
“I never served in the military — that’s something I wish I had had the opportunity to do,” he said. “But I feel like this is my way of honoring my country. It’s a little chance to serve.”
Bryan has been victim to multiple tragedies in his family and close circle, which he said he was able to get through with the help of his faith.
After Bryan’s older brother died, the then 20-year-old put his music dreams on hold and delayed a move to Nashville, the country music capital of the world. Instead, he went to college close to home and helped with his father’s fertilizer business, CNN reported.
Bryan is also raising his teenage nephew after his sister unexpectedly died in 2007, shortly after his career took off, and his brother-in-law died in 2014. Adding Tilden to the family has been a “blessing,” Bryan said, and his two adult nieces – Til’s older sisters — view him and his wife, Caroline, as parental figures as well.
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) November 2, 2016
Bryan, the youngest of three, dedicated his hit single “Drink a Beer” to his deceased siblings, according to CNN.
Most recently, three of Bryan’s tour crew were seriously injured in a car accident in Syracuse, New York in April 2016, serving as a painful reminder to the death of his older siblings.
Bryan said he would never have endured the tragic losses had it not been for his Christian faith.
“The losses gave me such a deep perspective of life; how tough it can get at any second,” he revealed. “You question it every day, but you have to revert back to your faith in God’s plan.”
Bryan said that he does not “take one second for granted” after losing his brother and sister.
Understandably, the Georgia native will be pulling for the Atlanta Falcons to take home the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 5.