NEW YORK – Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Nate Ruess, alternative rock band American Authors, "The Voice" season 9 winner and recording artist Jordan Smith, and musicians from the Boston Pops are among the performers for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the New Year’s Day outdoor game between the Montreal Canadiens® and the Boston Bruins® at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., the National Hockey League announced today. The event will be broadcast live nationally on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada at 1 p.m. ET.
American Authors will open the game with a set featuring their hits, followed by Smith’s performance of the U.S. national anthem with accompaniment from musicians from the Boston Pops. Ruess will take the stage during the first intermission.
A full lineup of performances and special tributes for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be announced in the coming days. IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion and media, will produce the pre-game and in-game performances and celebrations under the direction of Steve Mayer, who recently joined the NHL as Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of Programming & Creative Development.
American Authors – pre-game
Singer Zac Barnett, guitarist James Adam Shelley, bassist Dave Rublin and drummer Matt Sanchez hail from the four corners of the country, each bringing their own influences and experiences to the writing table to create pop-flavored alt rock sprinkled with four-part harmonies, spirited lyrics, and contagious optimism. Their debut album included the #1, triple platinum single "Best Day of My Life," and they just launched their new single "Pride" off their upcoming sophomore album due out spring 2016. For more information, visit http://www.weareamericanauthors.com.
Boston Pops – pre-game
Affectionately known as "America's Orchestra," the Boston Pops is the most recorded and arguably the most beloved orchestra in the country, beginning with the establishment of the modern-era Pops by Arthur Fiedler and continuing through the innovations introduced by John Williams and the new-millennium Pops spearheaded by Keith Lockhart. Originally founded in 1885, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc., presents more than 250 concerts annually. It is an ensemble that has richly fulfilled founder Henry Lee Higginson's vision of a great and permanent orchestra in Boston.
Jordan Smith – U.S. national anthem
Hailing from Whitley County, Kentucky, 22-year-old Jordan Smith captured the hearts of audiences everywhere with his powerhouse voice to win the ninth season of NBC's EMMY AWARD®-winning "The Voice." With more than 1 million singles sold and more than 57 million cumulative streams of his performances on YouTube, the Republic Records recording artist has set his place in history as the highest-selling artist to ever emerge from "The Voice." His rendition of the Queen classic "Somebody to Love" unseated Adele’s "Hello" from #1 on iTunes Overall Top Songs chart in a matter of hours, and moved 164K copies in its first week clinching #1 on Digital Songs Chart. In celebration of the success, Smith released a full-length album, Jordan Smith: The Complete Season 9 Collection, on iTunes one day after his win. Overnight, the album skyrocketed to the Top 5 on the iTunes Overall Album Chart.
Nate Ruess – 1st intermission
Singer/songwriter Nate Ruess has proven to be one of the most dynamic front men in pop music today. In addition to leading the Grammy Award-winning group fun. who earned platinum and multi-platinum certifications around the globe for their album Some Nights and smash hit "We Are Young," Ruess has also made a name for himself as a songwriter, earning a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with P!NK and co-writing with Eminem and others. In 2015, Ruess released his debut solo album, Grand Romantic, which featured the hit single, "Nothing Without Love." For more information, visit www.nateruess.com.
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