Watch Just Sam, perform the National Anthem ahead of the New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls NBA basketball game on Wednesday night (August 28). The game took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Sam’s hometown. Indeed, the announcer introduced Sam as a “Harlem born singer and songwriter and American season 18 winner.”
The clip cuts between the basketball players standing to attention, and Sam singing the Star Spangled Banner in a recording booth. Sam pre-recorded the performance, perhaps in Los Angeles where she lives now.
Sam sings the Anthem unadorned, with a beautiful simplicity, backed by only piano accompaniment. The intimate setting allows Sam to stick to the basics.
Listen to Just Sam perform the National Anthem below.