Andra Day nervously prays before Super Bowl performance

Las Vegas— Andra Day always gets apprehensive before huge shows, especially in front of her colleagues. The Grammy winner relies on prayer to calm down. Day will take the same method Sunday before performing as a pregame Super Bowl singer. Before the Kansas City Chiefs-San Francisco 49ers game at Allegiant Stadium, she will sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

Prayer is my thing. I'm quite spiritual. The soul singer told The Associated Press Thursday afternoon that prayer is important. In addition to Day, Reba McEntire will sing the national anthem and Post Malone will perform “America the Beautiful.” The halftime show features Usher.

Indeed, Day belongs. She performed at the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective event in Los Angeles last week to a standing ovation. A few days later, she sang “That's What Friends Are For” and “What the World Needs Now is Love” alongside Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Keyshia Cole, and Frederic Yonnet at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy extravaganza

Day is eager to perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” an African American hymn, at the Super Bowl in front of millions. It's his belief that he's called to be there. It's a big occasion, she remarked. “I want people to encounter the spirit, not just do well.”

Day's breakthrough single was "Rise Up." She earned a Grammy and Golden Globe for her acting and music in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.” Day has resumed music production after starring in “Billie Holiday” and “The Deliverance”. She recorded music while filming those films and is preparing to release her second solo album, “Cassandra,” in spring.

Day will release her first album since 2015's Grammy-nominated “Cheers to the Fall” and “Rise Up. ”Day plans to write about relationships and God on her next album. She'll also discuss her happiness and selfish mistakes. Day wrote and sung about those experiences as therapy.

“I wanted to show up as myself,” she remarked. Maybe not do or say the correct thing. I wish to show my evolutions.” Day has released two singles, “Where Do We Go” and “Probably,” about relationship breakups. She feels new as an artist with her forthcoming project.

“It feels like a genesis,” she remarked. This feels like a new start. I told my team I want to approach this as a new artist who has never done this before. True, it feels that way. My voice, self-awareness, and music perspective. It sounds different.”

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