Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced that Jimmie Allen will be the singer of the national anthem ahead of the 105th Indy 500 on the track on May 30 (NBC, 11 a.m. ET).
Allen is a country music star who sells platinum records. In 2018, he became the first black artist to launch a career with two consecutive country radio hits with “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To” reaching # 1 on the charts.
“Bettie James” is her latest release in honor of her late father and late grandmother, both of whom had a great influence on her musical career. The EP is a star-studded collaboration with Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Nelly, Noah Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, Tauren Wells and Tim McGraw.
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“We are delighted to welcome Jimmie to the racing capital of the world for a memorable and moving Memorial Day weekend performance,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The national anthem is a defining moment before the race, and this year’s performance has added meaning as we prepare to welcome fans back to the Indy 500 and honor our frontline heroes.”
Allen was named New Male Artist of the Year in April at the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), where he also performed his hit single “Freedom Was A Highway” with Paisley. On July 13, Allen will be releasing his first picture book, “My Voice is a Trumpet”.
It will perform the “Star Spangled Banner” just before the drivers roll up in their cars for the 12:38 ET command to start the engines. NBC coverage of the race will begin at 11 a.m. ET with an introductory presentation at 9 a.m. on NBCSN.
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– Jimmie Allen (@JimmieAllen) May 18, 2021