The Baltimore Ravens have added a new singing voice for their home games.
They have named Joey Odoms as the replacement for outgoing national anthem singer Mishael Miller, who left after 18 seasons to become a full-time pastor in Birmingham, Ala.
Odoms, 25, was chosen by team officials as their new national anthem singer following a 50-person audition last week at M&T Bank Stadium.
"In an intense competition, he became a clear choice for our committee,” Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne said in a press release. “His voice is pure. His presentation of the anthem is respectful, powerful and done with reverence. We could have chosen any of our eight finalists, and we think our fans would have enjoyed each of them.”
Odoms is a member of the Maryland National Guard. The Baltimore native met John Harbaugh in February while serviing in Afghanistan when the Ravens' coach visited a military base.
Odoms took the opportunity to ask the coach whom to contact about singing the national anthem on gamedays.
Odoms is a St. Frances Academy graduate and former Baltimore 911 operatior who has appeared on "The Wire" as an actor and is a songwriter and photographer.
Odoms is scheduled to make his Ravens anthem debut on July 28 at M&T Bank Stadium prior to a free, open training camp practice.
“This is amazing,” Odoms said in a statement. “I was caught off guard, because I really didn’t think I would get it. I remember sitting there over the years while watching Ravens games and thinking to myself, ‘I could probably do that,’ and how cool it would feel to actually do it.
"But I never thought I could get to that point or how it would ever happen. At that time, I didn’t even know Mishael had moved away or that the Ravens were looking for someone. I was just hoping that maybe there was an opportunity to sing at one game.”
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