High-Flying Performances Set for NBA All-Star Pregame Show with OneRepublic and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Live on TNT Beginning at 7 p.m. ET-
-Puerto Rican a Capella Group NOTA Set for Four Performances During NBA All-Star-
-Pop, Classical Vocal Quartet the Canadian Tenors to Perform Canadian National Anthem-
NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2010 -- Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum country music superstar Gretchen Wilson will perform a special rendition of the U.S. National Anthem followed by a performance of the Canadian anthem by vocal quartet the Canadian Tenors at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. Both anthems will air during this year's historic game on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, live on TNT at 8:30 p.m. ET.
TNT will tip off pregame coverage at 7 p.m. ET when the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the air demonstration squadron of the U.S. Air Force, will execute the first-ever NBA All-Star fly-over followed by an exclusive performance by Grammy-nominated band OneRepublic. OneRepublic will play a six-song set outside on the West Plaza of Cowboys Stadium for NBA All-Star Game ticketholders before moving inside to perform its hit single All the Right Moves.
A capella group NOTA, whose blend of salsa, hip hop, reggaeton, R&B, and merengue catapulted them into first place on NBC's hit vocal competition "The Sing-Off", will take the stage a total of three times throughout the weekend beginning on Saturday, Feb. 13, with a highly-anticipated performance of the U.S. National Anthem during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at the American Airlines Center live on TNT at 8:30 p.m. ET.
On Sunday, Feb. 14, prior to OneRepublic's televised performance, NOTA, will dazzle the crowd with a spectacular performance of an upbeat mix of Michael Jackson's Billy Jean and Justin Timberlake's Love Stoned that will air live on NBA TV beginning at 6 p.m. ET. Later that evening, the six-man vocal group will pay a special tribute to Valentine's Day with their rendition of Jason Mraz's hit love song I'm Yours.
On Friday, Feb. 12, R&B newcomer Dondria will perform the National Anthem while Canadian R&B/pop artist Kreesha Turner will perform the Canadian National Anthem at the T-Mobile Rookie & Youth Jam at the American Airlines Center live on TNT at 9 p.m. ET. Turner will also sing the Canadian National Anthem on Saturday, Feb. 13, at NBA All-Star Saturday Night.
The NBA previously announced that international superstar and Grammy Award-winning pop diva Shakira will team up with 12-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actress Alicia Keys for a one-of-a-kind performance headlining the 2010 NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show while Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Usher will perform his high-energy single More during the introductions of the 2010 NBA All-Stars.
The 2010 NBA All-Star Game performances will take place before the largest crowd ever to attend a basketball game - at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
About the Artists
Canadian Tenors (DECCA) -- The Canadian Tenors are a vocal quartet consisting of Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters, and Clifton Murray. They perform music that is a mixture of classical and pop, featuring songs such as The Prayer and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. The Canadian Tenors have performed to over a million people on five continents, and were most recently featured on David Foster's acclaimed Hitman tour. They just filmed a PBS special with guests David Foster and Sarah McLachlan to air in June 2010. They have shared the stage with such notable artists including Sting, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, John Legend, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah McLachlan, and also count former President Bill Clinton as just one of their many fans. If you can add: They appear this week on The Oprah Winfrey Show and on The Dr. Phil Show.
Dondria (So So Def) -- Dondria, So So Def's newest R&B singer with a stunning voice, got her big break in the music biz with the help of a $15 webcam and YouTube, the popular video-sharing website. She got her start in music at the age of four by singing in her small town church in Sachse, Texas. Dondria also spent a year at Tarleton State University as a music education major prior to getting her big break. After developing a large online fan base and posting countless videos displaying her vocal ability Dondria officially signed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jermaine Dupri's Atlanta based record label So So Def in 2007 at the age of 20. Her debut album is due out in spring 2010, Dondria vs Phatfffat, and features a diverse mix of soulful ballads, real R&B and straight up dance records.
NOTA (EPIC/Sony Music) -- Nota is an a capella group of six male vocalists from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The group, Johnny Figueroa, Jose A. Rodriguez, Ludwig Henderson, Edgar Rios, Juan E. Diaz, and David Pinto, met in 1994 and started singing together occasionally. The group won the December 2009 NBC television competition, "The Sing-Off."
OneRepublic (Mosley/Interscope) -- In 2007, after seven years together as a band, OneRepublic took the world by storm with their debut release Dreaming Out Loud. The album included the smash single Apologize which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide and along with second single Stop And Stare propelled the album to platinum plus sales. The band released their sophomore set Waking Up on Mosley/Interscope Records November 17th. First single All The Right Moves is climbing the radio charts and lead singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder was nominated for two Grammy awards this year for his songwriting and producing work with Beyonce. OneRepublic is Tedder (songwriter/vocals/keyboard) Zach Filkins (guitar), Drew Brown (guitar), Brent Kutzle (bass, cello), and Eddie Fisher (drums). In addition to their success here in the states, OneRepublic also has tremendous international success achieving gold record status in 12 countries. They have shared the stage with acts such as Lenny Kravitz, The Verve, and Muse at various music festivals around the world.
Kreesha Turner (EMI Music Canada) -- KreeSha Turner, is a Canadian R&B/Pop Recording artist. In 2005, Kreesha won a talent contest in Edmonton held by radio station The Bounce (91.7 FM). Winning the contest allowed her to record four tracks in Vancouver with songwriting/production team, Hipjoint Productions. Among the tracks, the most important to Kreesha's career - her smash single Bounce with Me, which has been used in various TV shows such as The Hills, Gossip Girl, Entourage, Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives - resulted in the start of her mainstream career. On August 5, 2008, Kreesha Turner's debut album, Passion, was made available for advanced streaming on MuchMusic.com. On August 12, 2008, Passion was released in Canada. On March 13, 2009 Kreesha won the award for "Best New Group/Solo Artist (Rhythmic/Dance/Urban)" from the Canadian Radio Music Awards in Toronto, Canada. Kreesha has also been nominated for two Juno Awards: New Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds -- The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron is an Air Combat Command unit comprised of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and about 120 enlisted Airmen performing in nearly 30 career specialties. They are charged with representing the 700,000 Active Duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and civilian Airmen serving their country both at home and abroad.
Gretchen Wilson (Redneck Records) -- Gretchen Wilson exploded onto the country music scene in 2004 with her smash hit "Redneck Woman" and has since scored three #1 albums. The critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter has won virtually every award for which she's been nominated, including trophies from the Grammys, ACM, CMA, AMA and more. Her first book, the autobiographical "Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life," landed her on the prestigious New York Times Best Seller List. Her latest single, "Work Hard, Play Harder," just broke the Top 40, and her newest album, I Got Your Country Right Here, hits stores March 30, 2010.
About NBA All-Star 2010NBA All-Star 2010 in Dallas will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league's history for a global celebration of the game. Among the many events that will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages are the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by FINAL FANTASY® XIII, and NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas. American Airlines Center will host All-Star Saturday Night, featuring the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Haier Shooting Stars, and Sprite Slam Dunk. The 59th NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, before an expected crowd of more than 90,000 -- the largest group ever to witness a live basketball game. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for an eighth consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 25th season of All-Star coverage. This will be the second NBA All-Star in Dallas. The city also hosted the event in 1986.
About NBA CaresNBA Cares is the league's social responsibility initiative that builds on the NBA's long tradition of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. Through this umbrella program, the NBA, its teams and players have donated more than $115 million to charity, provided more than one million hours of hands-on service to communities around the world, and created more than 440 places where kids and families can live, learn or play. NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: KaBOOM!, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.