April 18, 2017
Jim Cornelison has been a part of one of the coolest tradition in sports for the past few years as he gets to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” in front of a packed and very loud United Center before every Chicago Blackhawks game. He will now take part in an even older sports tradition next month.
According to Jim Ayello of the Indy Star, Cornelison will sing “(Back Home Again In) Indiana before the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28.
Except for a few absences due to health or other conflicts, actor Jim Nabors sang the unofficial Indiana anthem every year from 1972 until his final time in 2014. A cappella group Straight No Chaser performed the song in 2015, while former champion of “The Voice” Josh Kaufman sang it last year.
"It's just super cool to be able to do this for the Indy 500," Cornelison said on Monday. "When they called, I assumed it was the anthem. I mean whenever anybody calls me, it's the anthem. It's pretty unusual that it's not the anthem. ... So this is going to be special. I'm thrilled to be doing it."
Cornelison is no stranger to the state of Indiana as he earned his master’s degree in music from Indiana University in 1992. Cornelison has also sang the national anthem prior to numerous Indy Fuel games in the past, the ECHL affiliate of the Blackhawks.