Garth Brooks delivered a stirring rendition of “Amazing Grace” at Joe Biden‘s inauguration as the United States’ 46th President, on Wednesday (January 20) on the West front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Brooks, who wore a black shirt and coat paired with denim jeans, removed his hat before singing the track a capella. At the end of the performance, he urged the audience at the venue and those watching from home, to join him in singing the song’s last verse.

“I’m going to ask you to sing this verse with me,” he said. “Not only the people here but the people at home, those at work. As one, united.”

Earlier in the week, after being named as a performer at the swearing in ceremony, Brooks said, “This is a great day in our household, this is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity. his is history, and it is an honor to get to serve.”

Brooks, who performed at Barack Obama‘s inauguration in 2009, turned down an invitation to play at Donald Trump‘s inauguration in 2017, citing a busy touring schedule.

(Photo: Pete Souza)

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