He wanted to do something different. “The school is so small that it didn’t really lend itself to being found or anything as far as baseball goes.”. Here's Brault and his band tackling the old-school Aerosmith classic "Mama Kin": Shohei Ohtani of the Angels gets all the headlines as a two-way star for the Angels, and rightly so -- he hits and pitches at an elite level when healthy and at his best. Brault spent part of his offseason recording an album titled "A Pitch at Broadway," a collection of 12 popular Broadway songs from such musicals as "Hadestown," "Dear Evan Hansen," "Wicked" and "Hamilton." 1 thing. I don't remember the woman's name, but I was in Triple-A with Indianapolis in '16, and this woman sang an absolutely incredible anthem. It's kind of overdone at this point. I usually see it on the second time around -- like 'Wicked,' I didn't see for the first two years. Didn't say anything. “This past December, he sang something from Hamilton -- and I watched that in New York, on Broadway, and I was like, ‘Brault, you did it better!’”. MLB Network. This kid’s great, too.’ I’m like, that’s a pretty good compliment.”. Jeff Babko, the keyboard player in the Cletones, the house band for Jimmy Kimmel Live. It's a cliche, sure, but after Brault hangs up hits cleats for the last time years in the future, he ought to definitely be able to start up a post-playing music career. He can do anything. They were so happy to be on it. For those who know him, it was no surprise that he nailed it. “He didn’t say, ‘What are you talking about?’ or whatever. He was prepared well in advance for his senior recital, but he never made it to the stage. Studying music with an emphasis in vocal performance, Brault knew his senior-year thesis would involve composing a piece of music, analyzing music and performing for a full hour. Try ‘em both kids. Steven Brault enjoyed his time singing at Heinz Hall February 10, 2020 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette For many fans, it was an introduction to his musical ability. He played electric violin, and it was a baseball bat that he made into a violin [Glenn Donnellan and his batolin]. But in all honesty, it's a great thing to see a baseball player excelling in ways beyond the diamond. Have you heard him sing?”. He sang the anthem at a Pirates game in 2018, and this latest performance was an encore. I was happy with it. 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Guitarist Tim Pierce, who’s worked with everyone from Crowded House to Alice Cooper to Green Day. Last year, Rangers coach Tony Beasley sang the anthem ahead of Texas' home opener following a battle with cancer. Brault’s top songs were all from musicals, with "Hamilton" especially well represented. Most of them aren’t accustomed to answering calls from unfamiliar numbers, so more often than not, Shelton was sent to voicemail. Ten years ago it would have seemed like a realistic career goal. Right now, I've been listening to 'Catch Me If You Can,' 'Waitress,' and obviously 'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Hamilton,' and all those super-popular ones. In 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Steven Brault recorded a very special album celebrating the greatest songs from the top Broadway Musicals of all-time. Just sing it, sing it right, and just get through it and get done, and we can all be happy. The first thing he found on YouTube was Brault’s junior recital performance of “I Believe.”, “I said, 'The kid has a great tone to his voice,'” Harriet said in a phone interview. pic.twitter.com/T00eovcLKt. "No, thank god. The left-hander explained that he was too busy to talk, even to his new manager. I thought about trying out for 'The Voice.' Growing up outside of San Diego, Brault (rhymes with "salt," not with "so") started performing as a kid. Not at the same time, though. “I'll work my ass off, see what happens. His first show was "Rip Van Winkle," which led to roles in "My Fair Lady," "Guys and Dolls," and (of course) "Damn Yankees." He made his Major League debut as a spot starter in 2016, returned to Triple-A (where he became the International League’s most valuable pitcher in ’17), then claimed a role in Pittsburgh’s bullpen in ’18. But my anthem was strong. We saw a guy who's the head violinist at the National Symphony Orchestra in D.C. in 2017, the last weekend. Don't get me wrong -- I'm not perfect. Why not his deep-voiced teammate? Though Brault left school and his formal musical education behind, he never stopped singing, even when the Orioles traded him to the Pirates before the 2015 season. “What was really cool to me was going back and listening to all the guests we got to sing on it -- people that are currently in Broadway shows, guys that have been around for a while. So that would be my pet peeve. André De Shields is a Broadway legend, a Tony Award winner and an accomplished actor with a career spanning five decades. As a music performance major at Regis University, he figured his future might involve singing on stage. He crushed it, which should come as no surprise given his background. “He was super cool about it, and his voice is so awesome. Baseball and music. That's why he is not only a full-time pitcher but a part-time singer -- for now. He’s legitimately proud of everything about "A Pitch at Broadway," but don’t expect him to warm up or walk up to… well, himself. It seemed too perfect: Someone in The Show singing “The Greatest Show.”. They were attending a Pirates Charities event in Pittsburgh, and fittingly enough, Brault performed a few songs from his album, including one from "Hamilton. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is a registered trademark of ABG-SI LLC. “He happened to be a left-handed pitcher who could throw hard and had a good breaking ball, so baseball became the No. “He was incredibly prepared. And then badda-bing, badda-boom, the part ended, and I just walked right off stage. You can be a great singer, but you can still ruin the anthem. MLB Network. He crushed it, which should come as no surprise given his background. She kept singing, and I started crying backstage. A post shared by Steven Brault (@skoobuh) on Jun 30, 2020 at 9:46am PDT ... Gonzalez-Nacer and Trinidad in singing the new second verse. September 8, 2019. We'll see where it goes from here. Steven Brault (far right) with his hometown band, Street Gypsies. Eric Chesterton After graduating, Brault attended Regis University in Denver because it was the only school that would allow him to do a vocal performance major while also playing baseball. For him it was the fulfillment of a promise he'd made his grandmother and a way to show kids, as he’d say, “that it’s OK to do other things” and have interests beyond sports. Steven Brault surprised Shelton. You have come to the Philippines Edition, for other ESPN editions, click here. But Regis University, a private Jesuit university in Denver, provided him an opportunity to pitch and play the outfield for an NCAA Division II team and, above all, pursue his passion for music. You can ask any major league baseball player. Brault hopes that whenever his playing days are over, he'll have more opportunities to sing on stage and get back in the studio. ", Wait ... is a pitcher singing the national anthem? Pirates Pitcher Steven Brault sang the national anthem Tuesday ahead of the team's home game against the Brewers in Pittsburgh. A post shared by Steven Brault (@skoobuh) on Sep 8, 2019 at 2:08pm PDT. Originally trained in vocal performance back in college at Regis University, Brault can really belt it. “So it’s interesting, we’re both geeking out asking each other questions about our respective professions. The next week, Brault spent five eight-hour days recording the lead vocals at Studio West in San Diego. He's so good, he got to do it two times. “We hear so many national anthems, and we have a full spectrum from horrible to amazing,” said teammate Trevor Williams. Michael Clair Froze. Bell loves music, and said he’s been told he has a voice for broadcasting. I’m excited to see how that one turns out.”. Then there was the lead vocalist: Steven Brault, left-handed pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. This was not something you just pick up one day and go, ‘I think I want to sing like this.’, “The musicians were freaked out. Have you ever seen Jack Black sing the national anthem? Using his own music, Brault said, “just seems a little self-centered and cheesy.”. Leland Sklar, the session bassist for Phil Collins, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. It's not a word. Asked during the Winter Meetings about the possibility of Brault returning to his two-way-player days, Cherington quipped, “Three-way. On June 19, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the national anthem before a home game against the Milwaukee Brewers. It was unexpected, but definitely welcome. I'll never forget that, and hopefully it won't happen again. I can't carry a note to save my life, but here's Brault, a Major League baseball player, handling the vocal challenges of the national anthem like a seasoned pro. HALLOWEEN:Check out our … He has one of the best anthems. In high school he played Joe Hardy in a production of "Damn Yankees." Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. There’s another special collaboration on the album, the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” cover with 17 cancer survivors and leaders from Stand Up To Cancer.

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