Entertainment inked for 2013 Discover Orange Bowl
Xenia Martinez of NBC's "The Voice" will perform the National Anthem during the Discover Orange Bowl Countdown to Kickoff
Miami Lakes, Fla.(www.orangebowl.org) – Adding to the tradition ofone of college football’s premier bowlgames, platinum recording singer-songwriter Jake Owen will headline the Discover Halftime Show, while Xenia, participant on NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” will perform the National Anthem during the Discover Orange Bowl Countdown to Kickoffat the 2013Discover Orange Bowl on January 1, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium. Owen joins a long-standing tradition of top entertainment showcased during the Orange Bowl halftime show, which has included Train, the Goo Goo Dolls, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson, Ciara, ZZ Top and the Doobie Brothers in recent years.
Jake Owen, who was nominated for a Grammy award for his revival of “Life in a Northern Town”with Sugarland and Little Big Townin 2008, became a star so quickly that he didn’t have time to memorize any country music rule book – which made it that much easier to toss it out the window. Guided by sheer musical instinct, a drive for self-improvement and a willingness to experiment, the singer-songwriter has crafted Barefoot Blue Jean Night, his third album, as one of the most innovative and refreshing country collections of the year. To date, the album has launchedback-to-back, multi-week No. 1 hits with the PLATINUM-selling title track and the GOLD-certified “Alone with You.” His current single from the album, “The One That Got Away,” is Top 5-and-climbing at country radio. Jake was named 2009’s Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, and earlier this year, Entertainment Weekly’s music issue ranked him among “The 30 Greatest Artists Right Now.”
Xenia joins a distinguished list of musicians to perform the National Anthem during the Discover Orange Bowl Countdown to Kickoff. Xenia gained national fame as a participant of the inaugural season of NBC’s hit television show “The Voice,” making it to the Final 8 and placing 2nd on Team Blake.Xenia, whosedebut EP, “Sing You Home,” was released in December 2011, joins the likes of fellow “The Voice” contestant Javier Colon, Little Big Town, Nicole Henry, Arturo Sandoval, Katherine McPhee, CeceWinans, Ruben Studdard and Yolanda Adams to perform the National Anthem at the Discover Orange Bowl.