New version of 'One Shining Moment' to air after national title game

ByDarren Rovell ESPN logo
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"One Shining Moment" will be sung by a new artist this year, a Turner executive revealed Tuesday.

Craig Barry, executive vice president and chief content officer of Turner Sports, disclosed the news in a conference call but didn't elaborate.

For the past five years, the song that accompanies the montage at the end of the NCAA men's basketball tournament was a recording by Luther Vandross.

The version of the song, composed by David Barrett, with Vandross' vocals first aired in 2003 and was used every year through 2009.

In 2010, CBS commissioned Jennifer Hudson to do a version that veered from the original. After being strongly criticized by fans, CBS returned with the Vandross version the following year.

It was Barrett's voice on the recording for the first seven years from 1987 to 1993 and again from 2000 to 2002.

Barrett told on Tuesday that he had not been informed that there would be a new artist singing the song.

Wednesday is the 29th anniversary of the song's first airing. On March 30, 1987, CBS played the song in the background of a montage that included players such as Sherman Douglas, Rony Seikaly, Derrick Coleman, David Robinson and J.R. Reid. The highlights set to the now-familiar music featured coaches including Jim Boeheim getting a Gatorade bath, Jerry Tarkanian biting his towel and Bobby Knight slamming his hand on the scorer's table. Knight's Indiana Hoosiers beat the Syracuse Orange that night to win the title on Keith Smart's jumper.

This year's Final Four is on TBS for the first time. As part of the 14-year, $11 billion deal that began in 2011, Turner and CBS will alternate as the Final Four broadcaster from 2016 to the conclusion of the deal in 2024.

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