Nicholas Connors, 13, wouldn’t allow a case of laryngitis and tonsillitis to get in the way of singing an epic rendition of the national anthem at the NBA Houston Rockets’ playoff game on Tuesday.
Connors blew the socks off the surprised audience; amazed that such moving and beautiful notes could be coming out of the mouth of this unassuming young man. After the glorious and extremely powerful performance, and as the young Mr. Connors was walking off the court, a large man in a red shirt ran up to him to shake his hand..
For a split second, Nicholas didn’t immediately recognize that the man shaking his hand was superstar NFL Defensive End with the Houston Texans, J.J. Watt, last year’s Defensive Player of the Year, but when he did recognize Watt, his reaction was priceless.
When asked by FOX & Friends Steve Doocy who in his family taught him to sing with such amazing talent, Nicholas replied,
“Nobody, it came from the man upstairs.”
When asked how he puts so much emotion and passion into his singing of the national anthem, he answered, “I just let it out. I do think about the song a lot, because I’m all about the soldiers, I’m all about the Army, the Navy — I love America.”
As cool as Watts appearance was, that’s not the story here. The story is the incredible voice Nicholas is gifted with.
Hear the spine-tingling performance below, followed by Nicholas’s appearance on FOX & Friends, along of close-ups of his greeting by J.J. Watt