LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A 19-year-old UNLV sophomore's voice was showcased during Super Bowl commercials.

He sang "Rise Up" during an Indeed spot, depicting joblessness and resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Christian Shelton said the song has always had special meaning to him due to the connection with the Black Lives Matter movement.

"After the protests happened in early June, I rethink this thing and unconsciously was able to connect to it more," said Shelton. "I think I was able to feel what I was thinking about more without even trying."

Shelton was selected after his rendition went viral on TikTok. His family shared a reaction video on the same platform.

"He's always been a singer but to see, to hear his voice on TV, during the Super Bowl, it was just so real," said Christian's father, Allen Shelton. "I mean I was just, I was blown away. I was just a mixture of emotions, I was happy, proud."


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