Press Release

Keri Hilson, Vintage Trouble and Echosmith Added to AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! Lineup

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) announced today that artists Keri Hilson, Vintage Trouble and Echosmith have been added to the lineup for the new signature musical event, AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!, taking place Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11.

Hilson, Vintage Trouble and Lenny Kravitz will perform Saturday night; Echosmith and Sting will perform Sunday night.

Singer, songwriter and actress Keri Hilson has made a name for herself over the past two decades, earning two GRAMMY Award nominations throughout her career. Starting in the mid-2000s, Hilson was a member of the songwriting and production team responsible for writing Mary J. Blige’s “Take Me as I Am” (2006), Omarion’s “Ice Box” (2006), Ciara’s “Like a Boy” (2006), The Pussycat Dolls’ “Wait a Minute” (2007) and Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” (2007). In 2006, Hilson signed a recording contract with Timbaland’s label, Mosley Music. She released her debut studio album, In a Perfect World… in March 2009, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album, featuring hit singles “Knock You Down” and “Turnin Me On,” reached #1 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Her second studio album, No Boys Allowed, was released in December 2010. The album debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200. As a guest vocalist, Hilson has been featured on numerous singles by other recording artists, including Timbaland’s hit single “The Way I Are.”

Since the release of their debut album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, Los Angeles-based band Vintage Trouble has gone from playing intimate hometown clubs to opening for The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park, touring North America and Europe with The Who and playing sold-out headline shows worldwide. The band has performed on such television shows as Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Formed in 2010, the band consists of Ty Taylor (vocals), Nalle Colt (guitar), Richard Danielson (drums) and Rick Barrio Dill (bass). The group was named 2011 Breakout Artist of the Year by Music Weekly and HMV hailed them as their “Next Big Thing.” In addition to opening for such artists as The Who, The Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi, the band has played numerous festivals, including Bonnaroo, Coachella, SXSW and Rock in Rio. Vintage Trouble headlined the 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival, playing to an estimated crowd of 100,000. In the spring of 2014, Vintage Trouble inked with Blue Note Records.

LA-based alt-pop band Echosmith has had a truly breakout 2014 with the success of their debut album Talking Dreams and hit single “Cool Kids” propelling them into the spotlight. Both MTV and VH1 took notice and named the band an MTV “Artist to Watch” and VH1 “You Oughta Know” Artist for the year, while “Cool Kids” has earned platinum certification and reached the Top 5 at Hot AC, Top 10 at Top 40 and the Top 10 of the iTunes singles chart. Echosmith has also been all over TV, from Conan and The Today Show, to Ellen and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Sierota siblings – Jamie (vocals/guitar), Sydney (vocals/keyboard), Noah (vocals/bass) and Graham (drums) – have developed a distinctive melody-minded, New Wave-influenced sound that has earned them rave reviews from the likes of from ELLE, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, and Grantland, just to name a few. Esquire attests, “Rest assured, this is a group you’re going to be hearing about for a long time. Echosmith is the real deal, and so, a rarity.”

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.  Tickets are available on Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com/attplayoffplaylist).

For more information on AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! and championship weekend, please visit www.collegefootballplayoff.com.

Join the conversation on Twitter about the event featuring @KeriHilson, @vintagetrouble, @OfficialSting, @echosmith and @LennyKravitz using the official hashtag #CFBPlayoff.