Jim Cornelison has been the full-time national anthem singer for the Chicago Blackhawks since 2008. He′s also performed at Wrigley Field and Soldier Field multiple times, including the 2011 NFC Championship game versus the Green Bay Packers. He can be seen regularly on WGN and Comcast SportsNet, and heard on radio stations WGN-AM, ESPN 1000, 670 AM The Score and US99.
In 1996, Jim began an apprentice program for the Chicago Opera. A friend of his asked him if he’d be interested in singing the National Anthem for the Blackhawks game. He accepted, performed a few times, and found himself really enjoying it. Jim approached the Blackhawks about singing for them again in 2006, and they welcomed him back. The rest is history.
A classically trained opera singer, Cornelison has performed for several opera companies around the world, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The English National Opera, The San Francisco Opera and the National Opera of Belgium.
Cornelison grew up near Seattle, Washington. He holds a B.S. in voice performance from Seattle Pacific University and a masters degree in voice performance from Indiana University. Beginning as a baritone, he changed to tenor when he was 29 years old. He has won numerous awards with the Sullivan Foundation, the George London Foundation, the American Opera Society of Chicago, the Palm Beach Opera competition and many others. The Cornelison currently resides in Chicago and has two teenage children.
People always ask...does Jim sing more than the National Anthem? Yes he does! Jim performs:
- Popular Broadway show tunes
- Pop and jazz favorites
- Frank Sinatra
- A wide array of Christmas and holiday songs
Jim can also perform jingles and singing tag-lines to promote or market products, as well as voice-overs and corporate or charity events.