Smith was accompanied for the song by the Armed Forces Chorus, the U.S. Marine Orchestra, and the National Cathedral Choir.
Smith shared an incredible rehearsal video of the song to his Instagram page last Tuesday.
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Smith explained in an op-ed published in 2003 how his friendship with Bush began in 1989 when he performed in NBC’s “Christmas in Washington” special.
“After the performance, the president asked some of us to come over to the White House. As we passed a piano, President Bush asked me if I’d like to play something. Without thinking, I blurted out, ‘Is it in tune?’ He responded, ‘Well, I hope so!’ And our friendship began,” Smith recalled. “I’ll never forget: I was playing Christmas carols ... in the White House ... for the First Family ... with Olivia Newton-John ... and the whole time I’m thinking, ‘How did I get from Kenova, W.V., to here?’”
“I spent more time with the younger George when I performed at his brother Jeb’s inauguration as governor of Florida,” Smith explained in the article. “One of the biggest honors of my career came when George W. Bush asked me to perform at the prayer service honoring his own [presidential] inauguration. It was the first time I ever played the song ‘Above All.’ I was nervous, of course, and I think that I actually sang a few wrong words but I kept playing anyway. I appreciate so much what the Bush family has meant to our country.”