Ezra Harris, Who Once Flubbed The National Anthem, Nails It In New York City

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Retired Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Ezra Harris, who once flubbed the National Anthem at a police memorial service on Market Street, this week nailed it in New York City.

When he missed many of the words as well as the notes in Chattanooga, a Youtube video went viral. There have been 1.3 million people who have watched "The Worst National Anthem Ever."

Mr. Harris said he was tired that day, and a fellow officer said he may have taken the tough assignment because he is such an outstanding public servant.

GMA arranged for Nashville singing star Dierks Bentley to spend an afternoon helping him rehearse.

He also got training from JJ Hairston and the Youthful Praise choir.

Mr. Harris got his "do-over" on the outdoor setting with a throng behind him as well as a national audience.

Dierks Bentley went to New York for the production.

The Youthful Praise choir was backing him.

He didn't miss a note or a word this time.

The retired officer was then presented a trophy for his inspiring performance.

"I'm just happy that I re-invented myself," he said.

You can see Mr. Harris's do over here.

You can see his first rendition here.


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