The NCAA has announced that talented country music newcomers Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery will perform a free concert as part of the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four® activities in Nashville. The concert will take place on April 8 beginning at 4:30 p.m. CT in the Music City Center, on the main stage of Tourney Town™presented by Capital One.
"It's an honor for me to be a part of something that highlights females' achievements," said Pope. "I'm thrilled to join the celebration around the NCAA Women's Final Four in Music City and I can't wait to perform for the fans."
Pope, a 24-year old native of West Palm Beach, Fla., was named the winner of the third season of NBC's The Voice, becoming the first female winner in the show's history. In October 2013, she released her solo country album, Frame by Frame, debuting at #1 on the Top Country Albums and at #9 on the Billboard 200 charts. The Republic Nashville project has produced the Top 10 "Wasting All These Tears" and the latest offering, "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart," which she will perform on tour with Tim McGraw this summer.
"I'm so excited to be performing for the NCAA Women's Final Four concert in the heart of Music City," said Bradbery. "It's going to be a great show and I hope everyone has as much fun as I'll be having."
Seventeen-year-old Bradbery established herself the very next year, winning season four of The Voice and becoming the youngest contestant to come in first place. The Cypress, Texas, native's Big Machine Records debut album, Danielle Bradbery, was released in November. Touring with Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes this year, Bradbery has been performing her Top 15-and-rising lead single, "The Heart Of Dixie," while another track, "My Day," was used in NBC's Winter Olympics coverage.
Tourney Town™presented by Capital One® is a free, family-friendly festival anchored by Center Stage. The festival includes non-stop programming such as basketball skills competitions, concerts by national recording artists, interactive games and experiences, the Women's Final Four Pep Rally, the Battle of the Bands and AT&T Mascot Challenge, fan interaction with women's basketball icon Lisa Leslie presented by Capital One, Coca-Cola® NCAA® Youth Clinics, photo opportunities, prizes and sponsor-based entertainment programming with fantastic giveaways.
Tourney Town™presented by Capital One® grand opening will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5 and will remain open until 7 p.m. Hours of operation for Sunday will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday will be 3 to 7 p.m.
"We are thrilled to be able to have two emerging stars of the music industry perform for our fans leading into the women's basketball national championship game," said Anucha Browne, NCAA vice president of women's basketball. "The Women's Final Four weekend provides numerous free events for families and women's basketball fans to be part of the excitement, whether or not they are attending the games, and having Cassadee and Danielle in the lineup will only enhance that experience for everyone."
"Final Four weekend is always very special and we look forward to seeing fans come out to listen to music, test their basketball skills and play the interactive games," said Marc Mentry, Senior Vice President at Capital One. "We're especially excited to provide fans the opportunity to meet basketball legend Lisa Leslie."
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