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Seven-Time GRAMMY Award Winner Lady Antebellum to Sing National Anthem at Inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship

SEVEN-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER LADY ANTEBELLUM TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT INAUGURAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Grammy Nominated Aloe Blacc to perform America the Beautiful

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) today announced seven-time GRAMMY winning group Lady Antebellum will headline the pregame festivities at the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Monday, January 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Nation’s Colors will be presented by military members of the Joint-Service Color Guard from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas.

Lady Antebellum recently released their fifth studio album, 747. The 11-song disc has already spawned the Platinum certified multi-week chart-topping smash hit “Bartender,” and its new single “Freestyle” is quickly climbing the charts. The new album follows over 11 million albums sold worldwide, nine trips to No. 1 on the country radio charts, six Platinum singles and “Vocal Group of the Year” honors from both the CMA and ACM’s three years in a row. Lady A just wrapped their headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR, which hit 80 cities in Canada and the U.S. over the course of the year and delighted both fans and critics with the Dallas Morning News declaring “Lady Antebellum shows off its warranted leap to superstardom.”

Pregame festivities will kick off with GRAMMY-nominated artist, Aloe Blacc, who will sing “America the Beautiful” joined by the famed choir from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas.

“Wake Me Up”—the 2013 mega-hit he sang and co-wrote for Swedish DJ Avicii and saw climb to #1 in over 100 countries across the globe—proved Aloe Blacc to be a singer/songwriter with an irresistible power to capture the complexities of human emotion. Now with his third solo album Lift Your Spirit, the rapper-turned-singer pushes further into a folk/soul/pop fusion that’s both undeniably joyful and eye-opening in message.  Kicking off with “The Man” (a sweetly boastful single that gives a sly nod to Elton John’s “Your Song” and climbed to the top 10 on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart in early 2014), Lift Your Spiritreveals both Blacc’s musical adventurousness and graceful grasp of the subtleties at the heart of his folk/soul hybrid. With “Wake Me Up” having sold more than 2,867,000 copies in the U.S., Blacc notes that one of his main ambitions is to use his surging popularity to affect social change while continuing to infuse his music with a mindful positivity.

Pregame festivities will begin at 7 p.m. CT.  The game will feature the winner of the Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual against the winner of the Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

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