Police Officer Goes Viral with Stunning National Anthem Performance

Carlton Smith, a police officer at West Virginia University, gained widespread attention online for his impressive performance of the national anthem during a men’s basketball game. On January 12, university administrators asked Smith to perform the anthem at the last minute, as the scheduled singer was delayed by snow. Smith, who has been with the university’s police department for four years and is known among his colleagues for his singing talent, agreed, even though he was caught off guard. Smith, at the age of 28, has an impressive singing background, as they made it to the Hollywood round of «American Idol» 13 years ago.

Smith’s performance received a thunderous round of applause from the 14,000 spectators at the WVU Coliseum and quickly gained immense popularity, garnering over 2 million views on YouTube. Smith enjoys pursuing his passion for singing during his free time. He performs with a band at open mic nights and also lends his voice to the church choir. Recalling the surprising chance, Smith recounted his experience, emphasizing the moment he was approached for the favor, asked for a glass of water, and then guided to the court to showcase his skills. Smith’s passion for singing is a his favorite aspect of his life, and he eagerly pursues his hobby whenever possible.

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