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'Golden Pipes' not allowed to say if he or Carrie Underwood are singing national anthem

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Carnell Johnson, a.k.a. Golden Pipes sings the National Anthem for the Vegas Golden Knights. Carnell Johnson, a.k.a. Golden Pipes sings the National Anthem for the Vegas Golden Knights.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It's come to the point where Carnell Johnson, better known as "Golden Pipes," is expected to sing the national anthem at every Vegas Golden Knights home game. Especially if they want to win.

Golden Pipes has everything. He's a Las Vegas Valley local with a great nickname. More importantly, he's good luck.

"Somebody walked by me and said, 'Hey! You're Golden Pipes!' and that was the first time I'd ever heard it," Johnson said. "I'm very blessed and thankful that the Knights have included me in this journey."

Johnson now has some competition. After her husband's team was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Carrie Underwood jumped onto the bandwagon.

Underwood said she believes she's good luck, but it wasn't enough for the Nashville Predators to beat the Winnipeg Jets.

She's only been a Golden Knights "fan" for a day, but the team seems interested in taking her up on her offer to sing the national anthem.

Golden Pipes said he was honored to see so many fans telling Underwood "thanks, but no thanks."

"Yeah I call it 'my gig,''' he said. "But to have somebody else who wants to do this and then all of the fans that were like, 'Hey Carrie you're good, but we have a guy already!" That was like, oh my gosh, amazing."

The Golden Knights aren't contractually obligated to have Golden Pipes sing. Usually, they call him the day before. This time they called him much earlier.

"I never 100 percent know. It's more of like a 90-95 percent thing," he said. "It's privileged information right now, so there's not much more I can say."

On Twitter, Golden Pipes offered a compromise, despite admitting that he would much rather choose to sing the Star-Spangled Banner. FOX5 asked if a duet could potentially be on the table.

"A duet would be -- I mean that would be phenomenal," Johnson said. "If that happens, I don't know what I would do. I would be very very nervous, but at the same time very grateful to be singing with someone as big as she is."


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