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Like popcorn and hot dogs, the singing of the National Anthem is essential to any sporting event in America. Just a few weeks ago the Valero Alamo Bowl launched the “Stars and Stripes” National Anthem Contest to find this year’s National Anthem performer. The winner of this contest will have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem in front of a crowd of 65,000+ people.
After receiving multiple submissions from talented performers, we narrowed down the pool to three finalists—Jenna Paulette, Beau Davidson and Erica Gonzaba.
The National Anthem singer for this year’s game will be chosen by YOU! Help us choose this year’s Valero Alamo Bowl National Anthem singer by placing your vote today! The public voting phase is now open and will run through Friday, November 22nd.
Voting is easy!
- Follow this link HERE
- Click on the “vote” link on the top panel
- Scroll through and watch each finalists video
- Select your favorite by clicking the orange SELECT VOTE button under the video to place your vote
**Only one vote per user each day
Meet our Finalists!
The world of country music is littered with people who take on a preconceived image and produce formulaic music in the hope of making it big. If there is anyone who does not fit that description, it is Jenna Paulette. Singing country music is what she does; on some levels, it’s who she is. While she is relentless in her drive to reach more fans, Paulette says that her career goals don’t merely stem from what she does for a living. “I have been singing since I could talk,” Paulette says. “I guess that’s the story for a lot of singers, but I really don’t remember ever not singing. My mom would have Lorrie Morgan CDs in the car, and I knew every word of songs like ‘Except For Monday’ and ‘Something in Red.’ My parents would turn down the music and listen to me, because they said they felt I ‘had something’ in me. Faith Hill, the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain… when I heard them and watched them on awards shows, I knew what I wanted to do."
Beau Davidson was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and brings the city's soulful sound to his music, even though he was operatically trained at Northwestern University's prestigious School of Music. Twice he has performed original music, including his own patriotic composition "Blessed," as a guest star on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," and sang for two seasons as a regular on CMT's "The Singing Bee." The music video for "Blessed" became a regional EMMY nominee this year. In 2013, Beau was named one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" for 2013, an award given to recipients such as John F. Kennedy, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, and his musical hero, Elvis Presley. You can find samples of his music at www.beaudavidson.com and his official CMT, MTV, and GAC pages.
Erica Gonzaba is a beautiful young Latin woman blessed with a captivating and powerful voice. Originally trained in Opera, Erica has expanded her musical interests to both English and Spanish, R&B and Pop Music. She is an accomplished vocalist/songwriter/performer who has been performing for large audiences since the age of 7. Erica has sung for two American Presidents, President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. In 2007, Erica had the opportunity to showcase her phenomenal voice to the world when she was chosen over thousands of applicants to appear as a contestant on the hit television show Objetivo Fama, known as the Spanish American Idol on Univision and Telefutura. Each week Erica built a large international fan base by mesmerizing millions of viewers throughout the world with her voice and stage presence. Erica’s latest singles were recently featured as the #1 selling MP3 on Amazon’s Latin Pop Chart.