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At Super Bowl, Sheryl Lee Ralph seeks to ‘Lift Every Voice’

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2023 | 8:53 PM
Sheryl Lee Ralph arrives at AARP's 21st annual Movies for Grownups Awards on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Ralph is living a career dream: The “Abbott Elementary” star won her first-ever Emmy in 2022 and will lend her powerful vocals as a Super Bowl pregame performer this weekend, Sunday, February 12. (Photo by Allison Dinner/Invision/AP, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Sheryl Lee Ralph is living a career dream: The “Abbott Elementary” star won her first Emmy last year and will lend her powerful vocals as a Super Bowl pregame performer this weekend.

With all her success, the veteran actor-singer only wishes her late parents were living to witness her recent accomplishments.

“I wish that my parents were still alive to see it and experience it with me,” Ralph said in a recent interview while promoting the Microban 24 sanitising spray.

Her father was a college professor, while her mother was a renowned Jamaican fashion designer.

“My parents always believed in me and my success,” she continued.

“I know this would've been something they would love to have been a part of. I do miss them.

Ralph will hit this Sunday's Super Bowl stage to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” 

The other pregame performances include country music star Chris Stapleton, who will sing the national anthem, while R&B legend Babyface will perform “America the Beautiful.” Rihanna is the featured halftime performer.

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