Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love will kick off the pre-game festivities at the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO with a special performance of the Star-Spangled Banner on January 1, 2014, at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.
Clayton, Fischer, Hill and Love star in the critically-acclaimed 2013 RADiUS film, 20 Feet From Stardom, by award-winning director Morgan Neville, which spotlights the untold stories of backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century such as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting. On Tuesday, December 3, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 20 Feet From Stardom made the Academy Awards shortlist in the Documentary Feature category.
Clayton lent her voice to a number of major performing artists during the 1960s with her most notable performance being a duet with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones' song, "Gimme Shelter." She began her career on Bobby Darin's "Who Can I Count On," which led to legendary Lou Adler signing her in 1970 and her debut solo album, Gimme Shelter. As an actress, Clayton appeared in the films Blame it on the Night and Maid to Order. Currently, she is putting the finishing touches on her long-anticipated new CD.
Fischer rose to fame in 1991 with her debut album, So Intense, which produced the Grammy Award-winning hit single, "How Can I Ease the Pain." Prior to her solo career, she began as a backup singer for a number of famous artists, including Luther Vandross for 22 years and Tina Turner on her Twenty Four Seven Tour, the top-grossing worldwide tour of 2000. Fischer has also toured with the Rolling Stones since 1989. In 2013, she joined the rock band Nine Inch Nails, as a backing vocalist for their Tension 2013 tour.
Hill, Sony Music recording artist, has been praised by Rolling Stone for her "stellar powerhouse vocals." In addition to penning and performing her own material, Hill backed artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John and the late Michael Jackson. She was also a contestant on season four of The Voice. She contributed backing vocals to three tracks on Josh Groban's latest chart topping album, All That Echoes, and opened for Groban on his Fall 2013 In The Round arena tour. Judith is currently in the studio working on her debut.
Since the early sixties, Love has done it all - from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease and even appearing in numerous television shows. Her background vocals for The Blossoms, The Crystals, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye and Elvis Presley, set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right. In 2011, Love received the industry's highest award when she was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This will mark the only known time in the game's history that the national anthem will be performed by an artist rather than a Rose Bowl Game participating team band.
In continuing with tradition, Vin Scully, an icon in American sports history and "the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers" for 64 years, will toss the coin at the start of the 100th Rose Bowl Game as the Grand Marshal for the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade, themed "Dreams Come True."
Pre-game festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. PT. The game will feature the Michigan State Spartans, champions of the Big Ten Conference, versus the Stanford Cardinal, champions of the Pac-12 Conference.
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