Press Release

College Football Playoff Concert Event, AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! to Feature Performances by Lenny Kravitz and Sting

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) announced today that Lenny Kravitz and Sting will be the headline performers for its new signature musical event, AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!, the premier concert series at the American Airlines Center in Dallas during the weekend of the national championship.

Kravitz will perform Saturday night, January 10.  Sting will take the stage Sunday, January 11.

One-day ticket prices for AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! are $30 for upper level and $41 for lower level.  Two-day passes are also available at $46 for upper level and $60 for lower level.  All tickets go on sale at noon Central time Tuesday, November 25, on Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com/attplayoffplaylist).

Additional acts will be announced later.

Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class into a 20-year musical career, one which revels in the rich influences of ’60s and ’70s soul, rock and funk.  The artist recently debuted his 10th acclaimed studio album, Strut. Kravitz is currently hitting the road as part of an extensive world tour, performing songs from Strut as well as from a distinguished career that has made him one of the most distinctive and successful recording artists of today.

Kravitz’s talents as a writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist have resonated through nine studio albums into a timeless catalog. He has won four consecutive GRAMMY Awards (1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002), setting a record for the most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category. Lenny Kravitz’s appeal has also been recognized by his peers; his collaborative efforts are as varied as his own influences, having worked with Madonna, Slash, Aerosmith, Jay-Z, N.E.R.D., Mick Jagger, P. Diddy and Alicia Keys.

Having sold over 38 million albums worldwide, Lenny Kravitz’s musical success has afforded him many opportunities to fulfill his creative vision beyond the recording industry. The artist appeared in a supporting role in the critically-acclaimed film Precious, and the box office smash film The Hunger Games, as Cinna. He reprised this role in the second film which was released in Fall 2013. Lenny was also seen in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (The Weinstein Company) alongside Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.  Kravitz also launched a creative firm, Kravitz Design Inc., which provides commercial and residential design services as well as specializes in product development and branding. Kravitz Design is also collaborating with iconic California lifestyle brand Fred Segal and will be introducing its first-ever designer collaboration called Fred Segal x Kravitz Design.

On Sunday night, January 11, 2015, Playoff Playlist Live! will feature a performance by Sting.  A 16-time GRAMMY Award winner, Sting’s accolades include two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. He is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. Throughout his enduring career, he has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist.

The Last Ship, his fourteenth solo album, is inspired by his memories of the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England where he was born and raised. A new play of the same name, with music and lyrics by Sting and book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, recently debuted on Broadway and was heralded by the Associated Press as “thrilling with powerful performances, outstanding songs, and real heart.”  As announced earlier this week, Sting will return to the Broadway stage as a performer in the production when he steps into the role of Jackie White beginning December 9 for four weeks through January 10, 2015.

Next month, Sting will receive the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the most prestigious cultural prizes in the United States.

He has appeared in more than 15 films, executive produced the critically acclaimed A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and in 1989 starred in The Threepenny Opera on Broadway.

An accomplished author, Sting published a memoir entitled Broken Music in 2003, which spent 13 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list. In 2007, he released Lyrics, a comprehensive collection of lyrics accompanied by personal commentary and photos.

Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach.  Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there.  Together they have held 16 benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for our planet’s endangered resources. Since its inception, the Rainforest Fund has expanded to a network of interconnected organizations working in more than 20 countries over three continents.

For more information on the College Football Playoff National Championship weekend, please visit www.collegefootballplayoff.com

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