Open Auditions for Music City Bowl Anthem Singers


The TransPerfect Music City Bowl he needs you. Whether you can sing.

As as part of the new bol partnership along with Amazon, the Amazon Voice of the Bowl contest is open to anyone who wishes to sing the Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America at the 25th Annual New Year’s Eve Game at Nissan Stadium.

A singer will be selected for each song.

“By showcasing the talent Music City has to offer, we are able to highlight what makes this city unique while honoring our nation at our game,” said Music City President and CEO. Bowl. Scott Ramsey.

The 11 a.m. game will face teams from the SEC and Big Ten and will be televised on ABC (Channel 2 locally).

Over the next month, interested contestants can submit a file or link of their acapella performance to [email protected]

National anthem submissions may not exceed one minute and 30 seconds while God Bless America auditions may be no longer than one minute.

Five finalists will be announced the week of September 26 and will perform live at the Amazon Voice of the Bowl Finals on October 8 at Ole Red on Broadway.

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Overton’s John Ford II is OVC Defensive Player of the Week

UT linebacker Martin John Ford II, who played at Overton, was the OVC Defensive Player of the Week.

Former Overton linebacker John Ford II, now at UT Martin, was the Ohio Valley Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

Ford, a graduate student, had 12 tackles, including two for loss and a sack in a 35-30 loss at nationally ranked Missouri State.

Ford leads the OVC in tackles per game (12.5), tackles for loss (1.8) and is tied in sacks with Southeast Missouri Keandre Booker (1.0).

Austin Peay quarterback Mike DiLiello was named Offensive Player of the Week by Atlantic Sun. The graduate student from Pembroke Pines, Fla. completed 25 of 33 passes for a conference-record 383 yards and a record five touchdowns.

He became the first Austin Peay Honored Player of the Week in the Atlantic Sun, which Governors joined this season.

Belmont picked fourth place in the Missouri Valley Conference

Belmont guard Ben Sheppard (22) tries to get past Murray State guard Tevin Brown, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Murray, Ky., Thursday, Feb. 24 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

The Belmont men’s basketball team, which finished first or second in the final regular-season conference standings for 17 consecutive seasons dating back to its time in the Atlantic Sun, moved to the Missouri Valley Conference and was chosen fourth by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

Belmont was 25-8 last season and earned an overall bid for the national invitational tournament.

Belmont, who has spent the past 10 years in the OVC, has only one returning starter in Ben Shepard. He led the Bruins in scoring (16.2 points per game).

Belmont also offers transfers Keishawn Davidson (Tennessee Tech) and Drew Friberg (Princeton) with a freshman in a red shirt Isaiah Walker.

Belmont did not have a player on the team in all of the preseason conferences.

Drake was chosen to win the Missouri Valley. Murray State, which also left the OVC, is selected 10th.

Baseball Hall of Famer Donnie Polk dies at 77

Overton and Lipscomb excel at baseball Donnie Polk died September 9. He was 77 years old.

Polk made the 1963 Tennessean All-City team as a senior shortstop with a .401 batting average. He also pitched and was 3-0.

He then played second base at Lipscomb before enjoying a long career in the city leagues.

Polk was inducted into the Nashville Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in January.

Butch Spyridon Receives Lifetime Achievement Honor from Events Industry Council

Butch Spyridon has been named a Hall of Leaders member by the Events Industry Council.

Butch Spyridon, CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, has been named a Hall of Leaders member by the Events Industry Council. This is a lifetime achievement award for its impact on the global trade events industry and is part of the 2022 Global Awards.

The award recognizes leaders who have shaped the convention, exhibition, hospitality and travel industry.

Each inductee is honored at the Hall of Leaders Recognition Pavilion, located in the Washington (DC) Convention Center. The pavilion contains a short tribute video on each inductee.

“It’s a totally unexpected and humbling honour; I’m not often speechless, but I’m not sure I have the words,” said Spyridon. “This recognition is much more about our NCVC team and the city of Nashville.”

Spyridon was also recognized by the Nashville Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America at the 2022 Parthenon Awards earlier this month as the recipient of the Apollo Award for Leadership in Communications.

Tennessee Tech Hall of Fame Class Announcement

Ottis Phillips, who helped lead Tennessee Tech to the OVC Championship and the Grantland Rice Bowl, will be inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame.

Tennessee Tech’s Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022 includes two former football players – David Collet and ottis philips – in the same way Kevin Murphy (men’s basketball), Tacarra Hayes Barnes (women’s basketball) and David Prat (baseball).

Collett (1998-2001) was a kicker who became Tech’s all-time leading scorer with 253 points and was a four-time All-OVC selection.

Phillips (1969-72), who is also honored as a supporter of the program, was a running back and guard who helped lead the Golden Eagles to the OVC Championship and the Grantland Rice Bowl.

Murphy (2008-12) set the school record for games played (128) and became the second Golden Eagle to surpass 2,000 career points, finishing with 2,109. He also became the school’s NBA draft when he was selected in the second round (47th overall pick) in 2012 by the Utah Jazz.

Barnes (2008-12) was one of the most versatile players in tech history. During her career, she led the Golden Eagles in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

Pratt (1964-67) was a pitcher who set career records with a 2.43 ERA, 22 total wins and 210 strikeouts. Every record remains in the top five in every statistical category today.

Julie Sutcliffe named Assistant DA at Vanderbilt

Julie Sutcliffe was hired as assistant athletic director for sports psychology at Vanderbilt.

She has spent the past four years at Stanford and the previous two at Northwestern. From 2014 to 2015, Sutcliffe completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in Denver.

“Vanderbilt appeals to me as an institution that values ​​people first and invests in communities,” Sutcliffe said. “I look forward to working with teams of diverse backgrounds and experiences to do their best as Commodores and to build collaborative relationships that enhance the well-being and performance of student-athletes and teams. Vanderbilt.”

Longtime coach Eddie Pigue dies at 80

Eddie Pigue

Former Central High and MTSU football star Eddie Piguewho spent many years as a local high school coach, died Sept. 8. He was 80 years old.

Pigue was an outstanding lineman and linebacker at Central and MTSU.

He then spent 25 years coaching high school wrestling and football. Most of his career was spent at Donelson, McGavock and Glencliff.

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