Barry Manilow To Sing His Hit 'Let Freedom Ring' With Yolanda Adams, James Ingram, Patti Labelle, and Wynonna in Super Bowl XXXVI Pregame Show

Jan 17, 2002, 00:00 ET from National Football League

    NEW YORK, Jan 17 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the most popular and inspiring
 musical performers, BARRY MANILOW, will be featured in the Super Bowl XXXVI
 Pregame Show, "Freedom," at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday,
 Feb. 3, the NFL announced today.
     Manilow will sing his original composition, "Let Freedom Ring" and will be
 joined on stage by outstanding vocalists YOLANDA ADAMS, JAMES INGRAM, PATTI
 LABELLE, and WYNONNA.  The entire pregame show will be televised for the first
 time in Super Bowl history by FOX before 130 million viewers in the United
 States and 800 million viewers worldwide.
     The NFL will assemble the greatest musical talent lineup in Super Bowl
 history.  The NFL previously announced that U2 will perform during the E*TRADE
 Super Bowl XXXVI Halftime show; PAUL MCCARTNEY will perform the finale to the
 pregame show; MARIAH CAREY will sing the National Anthem; MARY J. BLIGE and
 MARC ANTHONY will sing "America the Beautiful " and THE BOSTON POPS will be
 featured in a patriotic program of American favorites, as well as with several
 of the pregame singers.
     The pregame show also will feature America's Heroes Chorus featuring all
 five branches of the military, police, fire and postal employees from
 Louisiana.  There will be a special flag raising by representatives of the New
 York City and Port Authority Police and Fire Departments and five members of
 the USS Cole will serve as the color guard.
     Bob Best will produce his 18th pregame show for the NFL.  He will be
 assisted by associate producer Ed Jones; show director/choreographer Lesslee
 Fitzmorris, who hails from Mandeville, LA; show development director Roddy
 White and consulting producer Michael Fiur.  Rickey Minor is the music
 director and Jeremy Lubbock has written the arrangement for "America the
     The Super Bowl annually is the nation's highest rated TV program and the
 most-watched single-day sporting event.  This marks a record ninth time the
 Super Bowl has been held in New Orleans.
     Manilow, the top adult contemporary artist of all-time according to Radio
 & Records Magazine, has earned 38 Top 40 hits in his career and has won
 numerous Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards, as well as a nomination for an Academy
 Award.  He's done everything in music from composing and arranging to
 performing and producing.  He recently released his 31st album, "Here At The
 Mayflower" and embarked on his "Live 2002" tour.  Albums that he has produced
 for other artists, including Bette Midler, Nancy Wilson and Dionne Warwick,
 have been nominated for Grammy Awards.  In addition to his Hall of Fame career
 in music, Manilow has performed in film, television and theater.  "Let Freedom
 Ring" was written by Manilow, Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman and it will be
 presented for the first time live at a major sporting event.
     Yolanda Adams, with her impressive musical range and undeniable charisma,
 has established her as an undisputed Gospel siren.  Her 1999 debut on Elektra
 Records, the award-winning and platinum-plus "Mountain High ... Valley Low"
 formed the cornerstone of her amazing career.  Since then, she has won a
 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album, two Soul Train Lady of
 Soul Awards and five NAACP Image Awards.  Last week, she won her sixth Stellar
 Award as well as the American Music Award for Contemporary Inspirational
 Artist of the Year.  Her latest release -- her first collection of new
 material in three years -- is the incredible 12-song masterpiece "Believe".
     The multi-talented Ingram is one of contemporary music's premier
 vocalists.  A back-to-back Oscar nominee, Ingram is a winner of three Grammy
 Awards and 17 Grammy nominations. Ingram is a producer, arranger, songwriter
 and performer.  He worked with Ray Charles and eventually teamed with Quincy
 Jones, showcasing his talents on Jones' multi-platinum "The Dude" album with
 top 10 hits "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways".  He also wrote "Pretty Young
 Thing" for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album.  He has performed with Gloria
 Estefan, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, John Williams, Dolly Parton, Linda
 Ronstadt, Quincy Jones, Anita Baker, David Foster and the Boston Pops.
     Patti LaBelle is making her second appearance at Super Bowl.  She first
 appeared in Super Bowl XXIX's halftime show.  The popular soul singer, who
 began her career in 1961 with the Bluebelles, has had 36-charted singles,
 30 of which came in her solo career.  Of her 10 albums, she earned platinum
 with "Winner in You" and gold with "Burnin'," "Gems" and "Flame".  She has won
 two Grammy Awards, seven NAACP Image Awards, and has been nominated for three
 Emmys.  Patti also has written three New York Times best selling books.
     Country music superstar Wynonna has enjoyed tremendous success both as a
 solo artist and as a member of the mother-daughter group The Judds.  The
 popular duo, which disbanded in 1991 due to mother Naomi Judd's battle with
 chronic hepatitis, reigns as one of the most celebrated acts in country music
 history.  The Judds sold more than 20 million records worldwide and won more
 than 60 industry awards, including five Grammy Awards, nine Country Music
 Association Awards, and eight Billboard Music Awards.  As a solo artist,
 Wynonna has released six albums, including platinum-sellers "Wynonna," "Tell
 Me Why" and "Revelations."  She also has earned 13 Top 10 hits and 17 major
 industry awards, including the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year by the
 Academy of Country Music.
     For further information, please contact:
         BRIAN McCARTHY, NFL, +1-212-450-2069
         CAROL MARSHALL, PMK/HBH, 310-289-6200
         DEBBIE INGRAM, 323-938-2090
         PATTI WEBSTER, W & W Public Relations, 732-469-5955
         RONDAL RICHARDSON, 615-790-8300
         LISA JEFFERSON, Elektra, 310-288-3850
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