Police Officer Becomes Viral Sensation with an Incredible National Anthem Performance.


Following his stunning rendition of the national anthem at a men’s basketball game, West Virginia University police officer Carlton Smith gained widespread attention on the internet.

On January 12, university administrators asked Smith to sing the national anthem at the WVU Coliseum because the scheduled singer was late due to snow. They needed someone to perform in just five minutes.

Officer Smith, a member of the West Virginia University Police Department for four years, is known for his singing talent by his colleagues. He is 28 years old. He even reached the Hollywood round of “American Idol” 13 years ago. The sudden request to perform in front of 14,000 people at the Coliseum took Smith by surprise, despite his previous experience in similar situations.

Smith explained the situation: “They inquired if I was Carlton and asked for a big favor.” I asked for some water, and a cheerleader brought it to me. Then they took me to the court and told me to start singing when my name was called.

Smith’s performance on YouTube has been viewed by over 2 million people. When he’s not working, he continues his childhood hobby of singing in church by performing with a band at open mic nights. He admitted, “It’s my passion.”

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