Leesburg native Phillip Phillips will perform as part of the Super Bowl’s pregame show on Sunday. (File photo)
On Super Bowl Sunday, area natives will have yet another reason to tune in when Leesburg native Phillip Phillips takes the stage during the Super Bowl XL VIII pregame show.
The National Football League has announced that Phillips and country trio The Band Perry will perform as part of the pregame show in Rutherford, N.J.
The show will also feature performances by cast members of the Broadway productions “Jersey Boys” and “Rock of Ages.”
The artists are performing as part of the NFL Tailgate Party, and portions of their performances will be televised live prior to the face off on the field between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.
Since winning Season 11 of “American Idol,” Phillips has found mainstream success with his 2012 single, “Home,” which went quadruple-platinum. His debut album, “The World from the Side of the Moon,” also contained the hit singles “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Where We Came From.” Last year, he served as the opener for John Mayer and Matchbox Twenty.
Phillips plans on debuting a new single during the pregame show.
Later this year, the singer-songwriter will embark on his first-ever solo headlining Canadian tour.
“At first it was terrifying to share all my songs, but now we’re at the point where the crowd’s singing along — even to the ones that aren’t the singles — which is amazing to see,” Phillips said. “We just go out there and jam out and try to make it different and exciting, instead of playing the songs exactly how they sound on the album. It’s all about real musicians playing real music that we’re passionate about and just having a good time, and hopefully we’re giving the crowd a good time too.”
The Band Perry made their mark on the country scene with their self-titled debut album in 2010. Their singles “If I Die Young” and “All Your Life” both topped the Billboard Country chart, and their latest single, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” is currently No. 2.
Prior to kickoff, opera singer Renee Fleming will perform the National Anthem, making her the first opera singer to be selected for the gig. Bruno Mars will perform the Super Bowl Halftime Show with special guest Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Super Bowl is Feb. 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m.