MULTI-PLATINUM COUNTRY STAR WALKER HAYES TO HEADLINE CAPITAL ONE HALFTIME SHOW DURING 2021 PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL
Multi-Platinum Country Artist Mitchell Tenpenny to perform at Capital One Orange Bowl Fan Fest
MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (www.orangebowl.org) – Continuing the tradition of the most iconic halftime show in all of college football, multi-platinum country artist Walker Hayes will headline the Capital One Halftime Show during the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 31 at Hard Rock Stadium. Hayes joins an esteemed list of recent Orange Bowl halftime acts that includes Gavin DeGraw, Flo Rida, Andy Grammer and DNCE.
Hayes’ latest EP Country Stuff was released in June 2020 and includes the RIAA Double Platinum-certified smash hit “Fancy Like,” which has topped every country streaming and sales chart since its release. Named “the song of the summer” by the TODAY Show, the track hit the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs. Propelled by the TikTok dance Hayes made to the song with his teenage daughter Lela, “Fancy Like” has been used more than half a million times on the app, with that original homemade video topping 30 million views and being used in a national Applebee’s campaign.
The proud father of six from Mobile, Alabama first hit the music scene with his debut album boom. in 2017. Co-produced by multi-GRAMMY Award winning producer and songwriter Shane McAnally, the album included the Double-Platinum smash hit “You Broke Up With Me.”
Joining Hayes as part of the game day entertainment is multi-platinum #1 hitmaker Mitchell Tenpenny, who will headline the Capital One Orange Bowl Fan Fest. The event will take place in the South Lot outside of Hard Rock Stadium beginning at 2:30 p.m. on game day, December 31. Admission to the event is free for all fans with a ticket to the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl.
The Nashville native had plans to play college football after winning a high school football state championship, but instead became one of the fastest-rising stars in all of country music. Tenpenny broke out in 2018 with the release of his debut single, “Drunk Me.” The two-time Platinum-certified No. 1 hit from his introductory 2018 album, Telling All My Secrets, has amassed over 500 million on-demand streams and earned him the best first-week showing for any major label country debut LP.
Tenpenny’s newest eight-song EP, Midtown Diaries, includes his hit “Truth About You,” which became the largest streaming debut of his career now with 50+ million total on-demand streams.
"We are excited to be the sponsor of the Capital One Orange Bowl, the Capital One Halftime Show, and Capital One Orange Bowl Fan Fest,” said Byron Daub, Vice President of Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing at Capital One. "We are passionate about providing great experiences for college football fans and our customers.”
To assist with the Capital One Halftime Show as a volunteer through the Orange Bowl Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, please log on to https://www.orangebowl.org/about/jointheteam/volunteer/ and use the registration link.
About Orange Bowl
Orange Bowl is a 380-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. With its primary mission since being created in 1935 to bring tourism to South Florida through an annual football game and events, it has also maintained a legacy of charitable contributions and community outreach. Orange Bowl community outreach efforts are comprised of four pillars through its Orange Bowl Cares program: Youth Sports, Education, Community Engagement and Legacy Programs. Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, 2021. For more information on the 2021 Orange Bowl events, including promotional inquiries and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to orangebowl.org or follow @OrangeBowl on social media.
About Capital One
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About Walker Hayes
Monument Records recording artist, Walker Hayes, is a singer/songwriter originally from Mobile, Alabama. His forthcoming album County Stuff The Album features new single “AA” and smash hit “Fancy Like.”
“Fancy Like” has topped every sales and streaming chart since its release, spending more than four months at the number one spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs, and hitting the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs. The irresistible tune was certified RIAA 2X Platinum after just five months, and the track gave Hayes his first GRAMMY Award nomination as an artist for Best Country Song.
Propelled by the TikTok dance Hayes made to the song with his teenage daughter, “Fancy Like” has been used over half a million times on the app, with that original, homemade video, racking up over 30 million views, and appearing in a national Applebee’s ad campaign. Written in response to fans thinking Hayes’ life was more lavish than their own, “Fancy Like” connected audiences across genres, and spawned collaborations with Kesha and Carin Leon.
Hayes’ newest release, “AA,” is everything fans have come to love about his music – unapologetically honest lyrics, instantly catchy hooks, and stories inspired by his own life. Hayes shares, “at the end of the day, we are all just doing the best we can, and what I really mean to say with this song is just that I’m trying to stay the course. I’ve struggled with alcohol abuse and sometimes I wish I didn’t need AA, but I do. I think a lot of people can relate to that. I’m just trying to be the best dad and husband I can be. It’s not easy all the time, but my wife smiles a lot and my kids are growing up with more than I had, and that’s a really good thing.”
Written by Hayes, with Multi-Grammy Award winner Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, and produced by “Fancy Like” collaborator Joe Thibodeau and McAnally, “AA” hints at what’s to come on Country Stuff The Album, which also includes the fast rising pop/country bop “U Gurl.”
Hayes’ songwriter has led Billboard to praise his “personal, soul-bearing storylines; rolling rhymes; and Macklemore-like cadence,” and the Washington Post to write that “Hayes has broken into the mainstream by sounding different.”
The proud father of six has performed his music, including the Double-Platinum RIAA certified hit “You Broke Up With Me” from his debut album boom. to national audiences on Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The TODAY Show. He will kick of his headlining The Fancy Like Tour in 2022.
About Mitchell Tenpenny
Riser House/Columbia Nashville artist and multi-platinum #1 hitmaker Mitchell Tenpenny recently released a new EP Midtown Diaries. Mitchell produced the eight-song project with Jordan M Schmidt and co-wrote all the tracks including his current radio single “Truth About You.” Before the song went to country radio, he previewed it for his fans on TikTok, “You listen to the fans who listen to you,” Mitchell said about their instantaneous reaction. The song became the largest streaming debut of his career now with 50+ million total on-demand streams. Last month Mitchell released an early Christmas gift for his fans with Naughty List, his new 11-song Christmas album.
Since the release of his debut single, “Drunk Me,” Mitchell has set new standards for breakout success in country music. The 2X Platinum-certified, No. 1 hit that has amassed over 500 million on-demand streams was taken from his introductory 2018 album, Telling All My Secrets, and earned him the best first week showing for any major label country debut LP. Since that time, the “winning” singer (the New York Times) was nominated for New Male Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards and Breakthrough Video (“Drunk Me”) at the CMT Music Awards and saw his “Alcohol You Later” and “Anything She Says” singles certified gold.
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