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|August 24 2012
Announces Entertainment Lineup
Tampa, Fla. -
Besides the serious business of nominating the next president and vice
president of the United States, there will also be plenty of quality
entertainment at the 2012 Republican National Convention, organizers
"We've booked outstanding performers and
world-famous acts," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince
Priebus, who today announced the entertainers who will be on
"The convention attendees will be treated to special performances they
will remember for a very long time."
Performers will cover the spectrum of music genres, Priebus said,
"Everything from pop and rock to country and gospel."
performance lineup will feature an exclusive, worldwide premiere of
"One Light," a new single from the Grammy award-winning rock band, 3
Doors Down. The group has sold more than 20 million recordings since
its 2000 debut.
"We are honored to be asked to play the RNC
and are excited about our performance," said Brad Arnold, lead singer
of 3 Doors Down. "We consider it a privilege."
include Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Oak Ridge Boys, Neal Boyd, Randy Owens,
Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Taylor Hicks and BeBe Winans.
The complete list of entertainers performing at the Republican
Convention is as follows:
GE Smith & the GE Smith Band
Edward "G. E." Smith is an American guitarist. He was the lead
guitarist in the band Hall & Oates and the musical director of
Saturday Night Live. Smith was lead guitarist of Bob Dylan's touring
band from June 7, 1988 to October 19, 1990.
Oak Ridge Boys
Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet. The
group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became
popular in southern gospel during the 1950s.
is a seventeen year-old musician and vocalist from Jacksonville,
Florida who is legally blind. He has been playing music since the
of two. He has received accolades on an international level, being
chosen by 12 million Cartoon Network viewers as the most talented teen
musician in the country.
and Roll Hall of Fame member and American Icon, Lynyrd Skynyrd is an
American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre
during the 1970s with their signature hits like Sweet Home Alabama,
Freebird and many others.
Jersey native Philip Alongi is an exciting young tenor whose powerful
voice matches his stature. He has performed over a dozen major operatic
roles throughout the U.S.
Neal E. Boyd
E. Boyd is an American pop opera singer. He is best known as the 2008
winner of America's Got Talent. Neal resides in Missouri where he
candidate for the State's 160th House District Seat.
Lane Turner is an American singer-songwriter. Signed to Warner Bros.
Records since 2004, he released two singles for the label, including
"Always Wanting More," which reached No. 56 on the Hot Country Songs
charts in 2004.
Owen is an American country music artist. He is known primarily for his
role as the lead singer of Alabama, a country rock band that saw
considerable mainstream success throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Martin Blades is an American musician. He has worked in several bands:
Rubicon, Night Ranger, and Damn Yankees. He also recorded with Tommy
Shaw under the name Shaw/Blades, and has done work alongside TMG, the
Tak Matsumoto Group.
3 Doors Down
that first explosive burst of Kryptonite which ignited their storied
career at the top of last decade, to subsequent multi-platinum albums,
and a non-stop touring regimen that finds them still notching shows
around the world at a record pace, 3 Doors Down have earned a
hard-fought pedigree as one of Rock's most exciting and authentic radio
icons. Their impressive and steady ascension up the ladder has
them score multiple #1 hits, snag several Billboard and other awards,
and log scores of sold-out shows over a growing global terrain that is
nearing 40 countries. 3 Doors Down have sold more than 20 million
albums worldwide and have played in excess of over 1,000 shows.
Marie Brown is an American recording artist from Wrentham,
Massachusetts and former NCAA basketball player. She is also known for
her American Idol showing, placing in the Top 16 on season 5 in 2006.
Davidson is an American recording artist, actor, and model. He has
appeared on Country Music Television, Great American Country, MTV and
Vh1, as well as television shows and print magazines.
Katinas are a Contemporary Christian music group. The family of five
brothers hails from American Samoa, and moved to Washington, USA after
the death of their mother in 1988. They now reside in Nashville,
Tennessee where they sustain a heavy touring schedule.
Jay "Danny" Gokey is an American country music singer and church music
director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the third place finalist on
the eighth season of American Idol. His wife, Sophia, encouraged
to try out for American Idol and died one month before his audition
from a congenital heart condition. Danny established the Sophie's
Heart Foundation in her memory to make a positive impact on students'
lives through a Music and Arts Program
The Mighty Sound of SEVEN
acclaimed operatic talents and musical careers of Amick Byram, Charlie
Harris, Frank Hernandez, John Cavazos, Kelly Ford, Phil Armstrong
& Van Dobbins III have converged to form the vocal ensemble known
Reuben Hicks is an American singer who won the fifth season of American
Idol. Hicks got his start as a professional musician in his late teens
and performed around the southeastern United States.
"BeBe" Winans is a gospel and R&B singer. He is a multiple Grammy,
Dove, NAACP, Soul Train and Stellar-Award winning member of the noted
Winans family, most members of which are also gospel artists.
Tampa Gospel Choir
This Tampa Bay area choir is under the leadership of Marvin Winans, Jr.
About the 2012 Republican National
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Forum August 27-30, 2012. Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected to
to the Tampa Bay area for the event, including delegates, alternate
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