Nashville-based country singer Amber Hayes, a Weleetka native, will perform the national anthem at tonight’s Oklahoma City Thunder game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Before the Thunder take on the L.A. Clippers, Hayes will sing the anthem at the 18,000-person capacity crowd at The Peake. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Although Hayes has made several anthem appearances at NFL games, this marks her first NBA anthem appearance.
“Not only am I looking forward to returning home to Oklahoma for the Thanksgiving holiday, but being able to perform the anthem for the Thunder, a team that I am a big fan of, makes it even more exciting,” said Hayes in a news release.
The Oklahoma native first broke onto the country music scene after her starring role as Kathy Twitty in the 2008 Conway Twitty musical “It’s Only Make Believe.” She released her debut EP “C’mon” in 2010, landing two Top 40 singles (“C’mon” and “Wait”) on the national MusicRow Country Breakout chart.
The talented singer-songwriter went on to tour with country star Ty Herndon for much of 2011 before appearing in the Oklahoma-made motion picture, “Cowgirls N’ Angels” in 2012. Three of Hayes’ songs made it into the film, including her duet with Lonestar’s Richie McDonald, “Always There For Me.” Her music was also featured in four episodes of the hit CW television series, “Hart of Dixie.”
In October 2012, she released her sophomore album, “Any Day Is A Good Day.” A new single will be released to country radio in early 2013. For more information about Amber, visit www.AmberHayesMusic.com.