VGK anthem voice Carnell Johnson sings in Downtown Summerlin

Carnell Johnson
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Hockey will be a lot different for Vegas fans this week, but if it helps to see a familiar face—and hear his familiar voice—VGK diehards can head to Wolfgang Puck Players Locker in Downtown Summerlin on Wednesday nights. There’s a weekly performance on the patio from acoustic duo Coverlane, consisting of singers Lynnae Meyers and Carnell Johnson.

Johnson is best known as the most frequent National Anthem singer for Golden Knights games at T-Mobile Arena. The Vegas-born singer and musician nicknamed “Golden Pipes” instantly became a fan favorite the first time he sang at the Fortress, especially since he paused at the end of the line, “Gave proof through the night,” so the hometown crowd could scream “Knight!”

“I was definitely in the right place at the right time on that one,” Johnson says of the anthem gig and how it opened doors for his career. “I had friends and co-workers who had gone to games, and when I told them I’d be singing the national anthem, they [told me how] everybody yells it. I hadn’t been to a game before I sang. I thought, if they’re gonna yell it, why do I need to sing it? I can take a nice breath there.”

The rest is Vegas sports history.

Johnson has been focusing on Coverlane during the entertainment shutdown and is hoping to expand on the Downtown Summerlin gig when conditions allow. “It’s been exactly what the people want and need right now, just some form of live music they can enjoy [while] socially distancing at the same time,” he says.

Listen to our podcast interview with Carnell Johnson at bit.ly/2WP5guA.

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