• Zac Brown Band to play anthem at title game

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    IRVING, Texas - Georgia's own the Zac Brown Band will take the stage at the College Football National Championship Game on Monday, January 8, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

    David Walker & High Praise, Atlanta’s premier gospel choir, will accompany the band.

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    Three-time GRAMMY-winning multi-platinum artists, Zac Brown Band has had five consecutive albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and four consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. To date, the group has sold more than 25 million singles and eight million albums. They have achieved 15 No. 1 radio singles and are the second act to top both the country and active rock formats. They have developed a reputation with critics and fans alike for a live show marked by strong musicianship that defies genre boundaries.

    The CFP previously announced that the Chainsmokers, Darius Rucker, Jason Derulo, Bebe Rexha, Brett Young, Spencer Ludwig and Lizzo will perform in concerts at Centennial Olympic Park from Jan. 6-8.

    Carly Ortega, a 12-year-old Georgia native, will sign the national anthem. Carly attends the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD) and will be signing in honor of her mother, a passionate college football fan, who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer.

    Before the anthem, the nation's colors will be presented by U.S. Marines from Bravo Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, based in Smyrna, Georgia. Continuing a CFP tradition, drummers from the participating team bands will play side-by-side as the color guard is introduced.

    For the fourth consecutive year, local college and high school students will perform the “Path to the Championship” procession of 130 banners, representing the ten conferences and all Football Bowl Subdivision institutions. Members of the Georgia Tech marching band will lead the presentation, along with students from Atlanta-area high school marching bands.

    As part of the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) initiative, the 2017 Teacher of the Year from each U.S. state and territory will be honored on the field during the pregame celebration. This is an opportunity for fans to applaud these educators for their hard work and dedication and furthers the EYFT mission of elevating the teaching profession.

    Pregame festivities at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will begin at 7:30 p.m.

     

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