Adding to the tradition of one of college football’s premier bowl games, 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 Kick off at the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 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.
Owen, who was nominated for a Grammy for his revival of Life in a Northern Town with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 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 launched back-toback, 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.
Owen 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 second on Team Blake.
Xenia, whose debut 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, Cece Winans, Ruben Studdard and Yolanda Adams to perform the National Anthem at the Discover Orange Bowl.
The 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, to take place on Jan. 1 at 8 p.m., will feature the ACC Champion against a BCS at-large team. Both the Discover Orange Bowl and Discover Halftime Show will be broadcast by ESPN.For tickets, log on to www.orangebowl.org or call 305-341- 4702. Discover card members can visit www.DiscoverOrangeBowl.com for access to premium tickets and an exclusive Orange Bowl experience.