The Republican National Convention is in full swing in New York City, and country music is playing a large role. The Gatlin Brothers sang the national anthem Monday (Aug. 30) to help kick off the convention. Later that night, Darryl Worley performed during an evening that included remarks from Sen. John McCain and former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Tuesday night, singer-songwriter Dana Glover and contemporary Christian singer Jaci Velaquez will appear prior to speeches from Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Laura Bush. Country has a higher profile again Wednesday night when Sara Evans and Brooks & Dunn join contemporary Christian band Third Day in performing prior to comments from Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne. The convention will be highlighted by Thursday night’s appearance by President George W. Bush. Contemporary Christian music will dominate the program, with appearances by Donnie McClurkin and Nashville resident Michael W. Smith. Other country artists are performing this week at private parties being held in conjunction with the convention.