“The Star Spangled Banner” is no song for an average singer with average range, which is something Andy Grammer learned Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Grammer sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the World Series. A pop singer and former busker from Los Angeles, he is best-known for his hit song, “Honey, I’m Good,” a rousing, rosy-cheek pop song that bears resemblances to other manic tunes, like Shania Twain’s “Honey, I’m Gone” and John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”
Grammer, 31, was a curious choice for such an eminent role — a guy with two albums and one hit single in his catalog. It’s not the Super Bowl, but Game 1 of the World Series is kind of a big deal. Grammer flashed some melisma and showed some heft in his voice, but mostly sounded like he was way over his skis, trying to negotiate a landing he wasn’t sure he would stick. He also muffed a lyric, singing “For the land of the free” instead of “O’er the land of the free,” but he’s not the first to do that.
Overall, a performance that was neither memorable nor infamous, like Aaron Lewis’ rendition in the 2014 World Series, exactly one year ago Tuesday in San Francisco, where the Giants played the Royals. Lewis later apologized for it.