Take a listen to “Friday Night Fight,” the anthem country recording artist Amber Hayes has cut to be used as the official theme song for all televised Cox cable high school football games in Oklahoma.
Tonight’s Cox game of the week, Putnam City North at Midwest City, kicks off at 7:30 and will air on channel 3 (or 703 in high definition).
A native of Weleetka, Hayes co-wrote “Friday Night Fight” with Angela Sullivan and guitarist Bill DiLuigi and appears in the video segments that introduce the televised games each week. The music video, which isn’t available online, was shot during a high school game in Moore.
“Growing up in Oklahoma and being a cheerleader in high school, I understand exactly how important football is in these communities and across the whole state,” says Hayes, who currently lives in Nashville, Tenn., in a news release.
“I still remember the excitement and the adrenaline rush you’d get being out there on the field, so when I got the opportunity to write and record this song, I didn’t think twice about it. I’m really proud to be associated with this Thursday and Friday night tradition in the great state where I grew up.”
Since June, Hayes has been performing shows around the country with FUNL label mate Ty Herndon and visiting radio stations in support of her current single, “Wait.” The song is steadily moving up the charts and jumped two spots this week to No. 45 on the Billboard Indicator chart. “Wait” follows Hayes’ 2010 debut single, “C’mon,” which was a Top 40 success on the Music Row Country Breakout chart.
In May, the rising star made her first movie appearance in the Oklahoma-filmed rodeo-themed family movie “Cowgirls N’ Angels.” Starring James Cromwell (“Babe,” “L.A. Confidential”), Bailee Madison (“Just Go With It,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” “Bridge to Terabithia”), Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight,” “New Moon”) and Frankie Faison (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “Meet the Browns”), Hayes plays a supporting role as a honky tonk singer in the Timothy Armstrong-directed film. Hayes’ original songs, “C’mon” and “Right as Rain,” as well as one new unreleased track, are featured prominently in the movie. “Cowgirls N’ Angels” was shot in several cities across Oklahoma, including Stillwater, Guthrie, Pawnee and Oklahoma City and is scheduled for 2012 release.
Next Thursday, Hayes will perform at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville for the Forget-Me-Not Alzheimer’s benefit, and later in October she travels to Japan and China for additional shows, including the Country Gold Festival. Hayes remains busy writing and recording new material in Nashville for her sophomore album, to be released in 2012.