If you're a Preds fan, you're probably familiar with Dennis K. Morgan, who has been singing the national anthem before the games for the last 17 years.
Dennis just spoke to Mike Organ at The Tennessean, revealing that he feels it's "kind of insulting" that A-listers have performed in his place in recent weeks.
"They came to me and said the captain's (Mike Fisher) wife asked to sing the anthem that night," Morgan said of the night that Carrie Underwood performed. "It was presented to me as a one night only kind of thing and I agreed to it. Then they continued to bring in these other singers and touted them as 'A-listers,' which kind of hurt me."
I want to go to a Nashville Preds game just for the National Anthem singers!! https://t.co/Eyf4MiijM6— Hollee McAdams (@holleenotes) May 7, 2017
"I don't blame Carrie Underwood or Luke Bryan or any of the other acts who have performed," Morgan continued. "I've been as good-natured as I can be. With my closest friends, I've certainly shared my disappointment. But most of the time I'll toe the company line and say, 'Why am I not singing? Because I don't have seven Grammys, I'm not married to the captain, she's a whole lot prettier than me,' that kind of thing and try to leave it at that."
The Predators issued this statement on the matter:
“We have always valued Dennis K. Morgan’s performance of the national anthem at Predators’ home games. Our arrangement with him has always allowed for nationally and internationally renowned musical artists to perform when available to further enhance our game experience while paying respect to our country through their respective awe-inspiring renditions of the national anthem. The reaction from our fans in Bridgestone Arena as well as from around the country to seeing and hearing world class performers such as Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Vince Gill and his daughters, Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs has been overwhelmingly positive, bringing national and international exposure to our community while continuing to set our game experience and atmosphere apart from others in professional sports.”
What do you think about all of this?
Predators anthem singer unhappy about being upstaged by country acts https://t.co/fniJKqwZYN— The Tennessean (@Tennessean) May 16, 2017
I know where the focus is (read ENTIRE article). Also I didn't reach out, they called me. NOT trying to steal the spotlight! #StandWithUs— Dennis K. Morgan (@dkmorgan18) May 16, 2017