Brian McKnight Sings 'Star Spangled Banner' At 2013 NFL Pro Bowl

Brian McKnight wowed the crowd at the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl with his rendition of the nation's anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner." The Pro Bowl is the final game before the Super Bowl, at which event Alicia Keys will perform the same track.

The R&B maestro is currently working on his new album, Words, the follow-up to his 2011 effort, Just Me. Speaking with Billboard, McKnight said he has a newfound sense of artistic freedom:

"I was no longer going to try to hinder myself to what I thought was going to be on the radio. I went back and listened to the first three albums I made and tried to figure out what was special about them, why people keep going back to them."

Words is due sometime in 2013.

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