Free agent NFL cornerback Prince Amukamara and the Players Choir are ready to record with multiple-time Grammy Award winner Justin Timberlake.
After a recent appearance on “America’s Got Talent” where Amukamara and the choir of former football players sang Timberlake’s hit song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” he said they’re ready to record with the multi-platinum artist.
“Anytime you do another artist’s song, you want to make sure that you make them proud first and foremost,” the former Giants cornerback said. “Getting that stamp of approval from Justin was huge!”
Timberlake posted a clip of the Players Choir singing his hit song on Twitter with praise emoji hands.
“Of course!” Amukamara said when asked about heading to the studio with Timberlake, “No one is gonna decline that! It was just even awesome for him to retweet us and show us some love. If that opportunity comes, we’re all gonna be jumping up and down for that.”
Among the members of the Choir are Tully Banta-Cain, Willie Yarbary, Bryan Scott, Bryant McKinnie, Isaiah McKenzie, Stephen Pierce, Leonard Weaver, Jamon Brown, Cameron Lamark Newton, Amukamara and Jamon Brown.
The Players Choir formed and debuted in 2008 during the 9th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, and the rotation of more than 60 current and former professional football players perform all around the country to raise money and awareness for charities. They recently took the stage to sing the National Anthem at February’s 2022 Pro Bowl in Las Vegas.
“Being on stage was awesome,” Amukamara said, “and if we get another opportunity which I’m sure we will and we have been. Stuff’s coming up so it’s awesome.”
The Players Choir is getting recognition and praise from many sources. America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews tweeted out props.
While the choir didn’t advance to the finals, this was another big stage for them to showcase their talent. They sing covers, but if they could get into writing and singing some originals, who knows what’s possible.
Amukamara’s played for the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Chicago Bears during his career. He’s been known to engage in locker room dance battles, so performing in a variety of ways is in his bag of skills.
Drafted No. 19 overall in 2011 by the Giants, he won a Super Bowl with the team during his rookie year. During his collegiate career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Amukamara was an unanimous All-American, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and two-time first team All-American.
Professional athletes that are really talented in the performing arts isn’t a new thing. Your favorite professional leagues are full of players who may have gone on to be recording artists, musicians, dancers, etc.
Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo appeared as a performer on “The Masked Singer” in 2019. The late Wayman Tisdale, who played in the NBA, was a skilled jazz bass guitarist, releasing sixteen albums during his musical career.
Seems a bit unfair that some of these superbly gifted professional athletes could’ve been professional in another field. But these are the rare one percent of the one percent, and that type of ability is impressive.