Oh, say, can you see — and hear — the patriotic art of Joe Everson?
“The Star-Spangled Banner” is a notoriously difficult song to perform. Between the broad vocal range the melody demands, the challenging high notes, and, yes, even the lyrics, there’s the potential for a lot to go wrong.
Now imagine adding a live-action painting performance into the equation.
That’s the claim to fame of artist Joe Everson, who has spent the better part of a year traveling across the country to stadiums, arenas, and charity events to dazzle audiences with his unique rendition of the national anthem, which involves him belting out “The Star-Spangled Banner” while simultaneously painting the iconic scene of the American flag being raised after the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.
Over the last year, videos of Everson’s performance have spread like wildfire on the internet, with his top eight videos amassing more than 150 million views and 2 million shares across social media platforms. He’s been featured on ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, and SB Nation and even on cable news programs including “Fox & Friends.”
He's painted for celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, JJ Watt, and Boomer Esiason, as well as Fortune 500 companies and professional sports teams. "Ladies & Gentlemen, please rise for your National Anthem, performed by professional artist and vocalist, Joe Everson."