Feel Good Story
By Dave Kovaleski
Jackson Dean Nicholson, a senior defensive end at Arundel High School in Maryland, is earning rave reviews for his performance in front of his home fans last Friday — so much so that many believe he has a chance to have a very successful pro career.
But it’s not his performance as a player that has people buzzing about future stardom.
Nicholson wowed the home crowd — and thousands on social media — with his spectacular pregame rendition of the national anthem.
Nicholson, dressed in his uniform, stood before the microphone with an acoustic guitar in his hand and sang one of the best versions of the song you’ll ever hear.
Jackson Dean National Anthem
And it has gone viral.
Since it was posted on social media last Friday, it has gotten thousands of views of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, and has even been picked up by some country radio stations.
“It was very cool. I probably knew 90 percent of the people sitting in those stands, and they had no idea I was doing it ‘til I brought my guitar out,” Nicholson told the Baltimore Sun.
Thank you everyone sending clips from the radio. Pretty amazing! Looks like my rendition of the National Anthem has made it to Texas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Hawaii,… https://t.co/tptKnIw4Cy
— JacksonDean (@TheJacksonDean) October 23, 2018
Music isn’t just a hobby for Nicholson, it’s his passion and what he plans to do with his life. He’s been writing and singing songs since he was a freshman and he’s recorded several tracks as he works on an album.
Hallelujah Final Master1
Jackson Dean & Wolf Stream Media – Hallelujah (Ryan Bingham Cover)
His stage name is Jackson Dean because, well, there’s already a pretty famous guy named Jack Nicholson.
“This is my last year, then I’m done,” he told the Sun, talking about his football career. “I’ve got until January, I’ll have all my credits done, and I only have to be enrolled for this semester. I got a waiver by my principal and she’s very supportive of what I do.
“I’m going to go for it,” said Nicholson.
By go for it, he means he’s heading to Nashville to officially launch his music career. He told the Sun’s Katherine Fominykh that he already has a few meetings set up that he can’t disclose.
Jackson Dean “Man Upstairs”
“Man Upstairs”- Released Oct. 21st, 2017. Directed and Produced by Champion Studio. www.Championstudio.com
After this performance, he just might find himself in even more demand.
Remember the name, Jackson Dean.