Gospel Singer Keith Williams Jr. Delivers National Anthem at World Series Game 1

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Keith Williams Jr. sings the national anthem before Game 1 of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Keith Williams Jr., a gospel singer from Compton, California, opened the Dodgers vs. Astros World Series series opener on Tuesday evening (Oct. 24) in Los Angeles.

The singer delivered a faithful rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" embellished with a stunning falsetto at the song's end notes.

Keith Williams Jr. may not be a household name, but he made quite the impression with his World Series performance. "That’s about a fine a rendition of our national anthem you’re going to see," one sports columnist wrote on Twitter, while WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike said, "It was sooooo extra and absolutely EVERYTHING."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">That’s about a fine a rendition of our national anthem you’re going to see. Bravo, Keith Williams Jr. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/worldseries?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#worldseries</a></p>&mdash; Steve Buckley (@BuckinBoston) <a href="https://twitter.com/BuckinBoston/status/922975826651557888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 24, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Keith Williams just sang the national anthem in falsetto right before the World Series.<br><br>It was sooooo extra and absolutely EVERYTHING. Lol</p>&mdash; Chiney Ogwumike (@Chiney321) <a href="https://twitter.com/Chiney321/status/922977233144250370?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 25, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Another person announced: "I want Keith Williams Jr to sing the Star Spangled Banner at my funeral."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I want Keith Williams Jr to sing the Star Spangled Banner at my funeral. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldSeries?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldSeries</a></p>&mdash; Gripelstiltskin (@YouGotGriped) <a href="https://twitter.com/YouGotGriped/status/922976205007077376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 25, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Watch it below.


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