Major League Baseball has announced the All-Star lineup of musicians for the MLB All-Star Game and State Farm Home Run Derby next week at Yankee Stadium.
Nine-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow will perform the U.S. National Anthem prior to the start of the 2008 All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15th at Yankee Stadium. Classically-influenced pop-singing superstar Josh Groban will perform “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch at the 2008 All-Star Game. The national network broadcast of the 79th MLB All-Star Game will air live on FOX at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).
Multi-platinum rock band 3 Doors Down will perform a two-song set prior to the start of the State Farm Home Run Derby on Monday, July 14th at the legendary stadium in its final season. The State Farm Home Run Derby will be televised live on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).
The All-Star performances will come on the heels of the Major League Baseball All-Star Concert presented by Bank of America featuring Bon Jovi in Central Park on Saturday, July 12. The concert is a free event, but a ticket is required to attend.
“I’m honored that Major League Baseball has asked me to sing our country’s National Anthem at the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium,” said Crow. “I’m especially proud to be associated with MLB because of all the extraordinary initiatives baseball has embarked on with my partners at the National Resources Defense Council to promote environmentally-friendly practices.”
Crow became an international sensation with her debut album, 1993’s Tuesday Night Music Club, which sold more than 7 million copies and earned her three Grammys. All of Crow’s releases since have been certified platinum (one million sold), with mega-hits such as “All I Wanna Do,” “Everyday is a Winding Road,” “Soak up the Sun” and “If it Makes You Happy.” Her latest CD, Detours, was released in February on Interscope/A&M Records.
Like Major League Baseball, Sheryl Crow is a dedicated partner with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) efforts to resolve the many environmental challenges facing the Earth. Crow also joins Major League Baseball as a supporter of Stand Up To Cancer, a new initiative to raise philanthropic dollars for accelerating ground-breaking cancer research.
An internationally renowned performer who has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide, Josh Groban has thrilled a legion of devoted fans with his flawless baritone and extraordinary stage presence. The 27-year-old Los Angeles native first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled double-platinum debut, followed by 2003’s multi-platinum Closer, featuring the smash hit "You Raise Me Up," and 2006’s double-platinum Awake. In 2007, the Grammy-nominated star became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster Christmas album, Noel — the best-selling album of 2007. Groban has recently released his third live DVD, entitled Awake Live.
3 Doors Down is scheduled to perform “It’s Not My Time,” from their self-titled fourth album that topped both the Billboard and iTunes album charts in its first week of release in May. They are also scheduled to perform their first and biggest hit, “Kryptonite,” from their second CD, 2000’s The Better Life. 3 Doors Down has sold more than 15 million albums.
Source: Major League Baseball press release