Nobody likes to be replaced, just ask Dennis Morgan.
Morgan has been singing the National Anthem at Nashville Predators games for almost 20 years, but once the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs began, that all came to a halt.
Nashville has seemingly replaced their veteran singer with the biggest names in country music including Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and the wife of current Preds Captain Mike Fisher, Carrie Underwood.
Morgan voiced his frustrations with the Tennessean about being pushed to the side for the star-studded performers.
“I’m not going to hide my disappointment and I told the Predators that I have been asked the same question over and over and it’s just really getting old,” Morgan said. “Everywhere I go — obviously at my day job (as a healthcare IT recruiting manager) and at (Bridgestone) arena as well as everywhere else I go to church, grocery stores, on the street, in meetings and in restaurants — people want to know how I feel.”
Prior to Game 3 of the Predators tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks, Morgan was told that Carrie Underwood had requested to sing the National Anthem. He stepped aside thinking it was just a one time thing.
“They came to me and said the captain’s (Mike Fisher) wife asked to sing the anthem that night,” Morgan said. “It was presented to me as a one night only kind of thing and I agreed to it. Then they continued to bring in these other singers and touted them as ‘A-listers,’ which kind of hurt me.”
Morgan had performed the National Anthem close to 185 total times before Nashville’s biggest names took over.
He went on to add, “I don’t blame Carrie Underwood or Luke Bryan or any of the other acts who have performed,” Morgan said. “I’ve been as good-natured as I can be. With my closest friends, I’ve certainly shared my disappointment. But most of the time I’ll toe the company line and say, ‘Why am I not singing? Because I don’t have seven Grammys, I’m not married to the captain, she’s a whole lot prettier than me,’ that kind of thing and try to leave it at that.”