Leah Shafer, a Christian country singer, is singing the national anthem for the Indianapolis Colts-Denver Broncos NFL game on Sunday night.
Shafer is based in Denver, and has sung the national anthem at a Broncos game before–at the AFC Championship game in January, when the Broncos won to make it to the Super Bowl.
Shafer says on her website that she grew up in the small desert town of Hesperia, California and got into singing at an early age. The pursuit included being the lead role in “Annie” in fourth grade, and getting chosen as “Best Alto” for the California All-State Choir in high school.
“However, in her pursuit to ‘make it big’ as a recording artist, there were 19 different jobs and some dangerously poor decisions. If requested, Leah will share her gut wrenching missteps (and more importantly her redemption!) with your congregation. Today, she has a heart for inspiring young girls who struggle with their choices – and for women who mistakenly focus on outward beauty as a consuming goal. Leah has been a leader in Saddleback’s ‘Life’s Healing Choices’ and is the co-founder of the all female concert group, whose mission is to bring hope and purpose to emotionally and physically abused women,” she said.
“She is always in search of Godly, talented women who can SING, WRITE and are willing to share their personal story. And you know what, along the way she actually did ‘make it.’ Leah has just recorded her fourth album.
“She was a concert Headliner as a member of “Six Chix.” She was a 3-time winner on PAX-TV’s ‘Destination Stardom’ and was a regularly featured house singer on NBC’s ‘The Singing Bee.’ But it is her love and dedication to The Lord that your congregation will find inspiring and uplifting.”
Leah is married to Ross Shafer, the comedian and former television host who succeeded Joan Rivers on Fox’s The Late Show in 1988.