Cornelison singing the Star-Spangled Banner.
|Born||June 20, 1964|
James Cornelison (born June 20, 1964) is a professional singer who sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "O Canada" at the beginning of home games for the Chicago Blackhawks, accompanied by organist Frank Pellico. Cornelison started singing the anthem for the Blackhawks part-time in 1996; he has been singing the national anthem for the Blackhawks full-time since 2007. He has also performed the anthem before Chicago Bears home games at Soldier Field during the 2010–11 NFL playoffs, as well as the 2011 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, which fell on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Cornelison also sang at the 2015 NASCAR myAFibRisk.com 400 race at Chicagoland Speedway. Cornelison performed the National Anthem at the Bears' 2016 home-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. He performed "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2017 as well as at the 2018 Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2018.
Cornelison graduated from Seattle Pacific University with degrees in music and psychology. He then went on to earn a master's degree in music from Indiana University in 1992. In 1995, he moved to Chicago and joined the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.
Cornelison has won several awards for music, including:
- The William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Award
- First place in the American Opera Society of Chicago’s 1997 Vocal Competition
- The George London Foundation Encouragement Grant
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