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Jordan Smith fulfills 1 more dream by singing national anthem at Cats game

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Jordan Smith sings national anthem at UK game

'Voice' winner Jordan Smith sings before Kentucky basketball game against Ole Miss.
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'Voice' winner Jordan Smith sings before Kentucky basketball game against Ole Miss.

Harlan’s Jordan Smith — the latest winner of The Voice on NBC sang the national anthem at Saturday’s University of Kentucky men’s basketball game against Ole Miss in Rupp Arena.

“I have always been a huge Cats fan, so singing at this game is another dream come true,” Smith said earlier.

Smith also sang the anthem Friday at the Winter Classic NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins at Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots.

In the midst of back-to-back performances of the national anthem, Smith got engaged to his girlfriend, Kristen Denny of Pineville. He tweeted a photo Jan. 1 saying, "RINGING in the new year with my future wife! She said YES! #Mr&MrsSmith."

After winning the television singing competition, Smith, a senior at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., was celebrated with a parade in his hometown on Dec. 21. He was named Harlan Countian of the Year, and at a ceremony following the parade, Smith was given the key to the city, named a Kentucky Colonel and an honorary Harlan County coal miner.

With his win on The Voice, Smith got a recording contract with Republic Records. Jordan Smith: The Complete Season 9 Collection is available on iTunes, and on CD at Wal-Mart.

A news release from Republic said that during Smith’s run on The Voice, more than 1 million Smith singles were sold and there were more than 57 million cumulative streams of his performances on YouTube, making Smith the top-selling artist to ever emerge from The Voice. Smith is expected to begin work on his debut an album for Republic in 2016.

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