Two well-known national personalities – country music superstar Chris Young and noted news journalist and recording artist Robin Meade – have been selected to sing the National Anthems during Aaron’s Dream Weekend (May 3-5) at Talladega Superspeedway.
Young will give his rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to the Saturday, May 4, Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, which is scheduled for a 2 pm (CST) start on ESPN. Meade will provide the fans her version on Sunday, May 5, moments before the start of Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, set for a noon (CST) green flag. In addition, Young will deliver Talladega fans an added bonus with a free Saturday night Infield Concert, held near the historic Talladega Boulevard.
“We have two individuals who, with their interpretation of our National Anthem, will give an outstanding performance for our fans,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “We’re excited to have Chris sing prior to the start of the Aaron’s 312, and can’t wait for his concert on Saturday night. Robin is not only the ultimate professional delivering the news to us nationally, but is a recording artist with a remarkable singing voice.”
Young is a Grammy nominated vocalist with five number one singles to his credit, including chart-toppers “Voices,” “Tomorrow” and “You.” His career highlights include recent TV appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Talk, Katie, ABC’s Nashville and the ACM Awards. With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young, as described by Entertainment Weekly, clearly “has a long, lucrative future ahead of him.” Following the concert at Talladega, he joins the “Beat This Summer Tour” with Brad Paisley, which goes through the fall.
Meade, the longtime host of HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” releases her sophomore country album in June to iTunes and Target stores. Her debut album “Brand New Day”, won strong reviews in 2011. It featured songs Meade had written, as well as a stunning cover of Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry”. In addition to her award-winning tv and music careers, Meade’s book “Morning Sunshine! How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It, Too” instantly became a New York Times Bestseller when it was released in 2009.
Friday’s National Anthem prior to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 ARCA Series race will be performed by Amy Knight of Gardendale, AL. She is a member of the acappella oldies group Back In Time.
The most competitive racing in NASCAR combined with a mix of southern hospitality returns to Talladega Superspeedway May 3-5 for the Aaron’s Dream Weekend. Experience the excitement as the superstars of NASCAR attempt to tackle the high-banks of ‘DEGA at 200 mph. Secure your tickets at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or by calling 877-Go2-DEGA. This is more than a race…This is Talladega!