Lester Holt Cheats While Singing 'Lovely Day' ... You Reading the Lyrics?

8/20/2018 12:05 PM PDT

Lester Holt Cheats While Singing 'Lovely Day,' You Reading the Lyrics?

This just in ... LESTER HOLT CAN SING!

The "NBC Nightly News" anchor got out from behind the desk Sunday night and took center stage at the Hill Country BBQ joint in NYC to sing his face off -- and it's pretty good! 

Holt channeled his inner Bill Withers and belted out the 1977 hit "Lovely Day" with his band, The Rough Cuts.

The whole thing went pretty smoothly -- but Lester definitely loses some cool points for having to check his lyrics sheet a few times during the set. Come on man, it's a classic!!! 

As for Holt's shirt -- 1959 -- that's the year he was born.