Tyrese to Perform National Anthem

Multi-talented star replaces Brian McKnight due to scheduling conflict

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Actor, model, and R&B star Tyrese Gibson will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, November 15. Tyrese will replace Brian McKnight, who was previously scheduled for the performance, but had a last-minute scheduling conflict.

In 1994, Tyrese Gibson's star was born when he was featured in a memorable Coca-Cola commercial. Riding the heat of the commercial, Tyrese landed guest appearances on the hit TV shows "Martin" and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper," and became the face of Tommy Hilfiger at the age of 17. He signed a record deal with RCA Records and completed his first self-titled debut album in 1998, which featured the smash hit "Sweet Lady." His platinum-selling debut earned him a Grammy nomination and the American Music Award for "Best New Artist."

Shortly after, "2000 Watts" - Tyrese's sophomore album - was released. The hit record "Just a Baby Boy" was featured on the soundtrack of Tyrese's debut film, "Baby Boy," written and directed by John Singleton. "Baby Boy" was not only Tyrese's feature film debut, but also a lead role in a major studio picture (a feat unheard of for an unestablished actor). With his silver screen debut, Hollywood and the world took notice of Tyrese's thespian talents.

Tyrese continued his acting success with featured roles in "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003), directed by John Singleton and co-starring Paul Walker; "Flight of the Phoenix" (2004), alongside Dennis Quaid; "Four Brothers" (2005), directed by Singleton and featuring Mark Wahlberg, Andre 3000, and Terrence Howard; and "Annapolis" (2006), co-starring James Franco. In 2006, Tyrese starred in the urban dram "Waist Deep" alongside Meagan Good, Larenz Tate, and The Game. In 2007, Tyrese was part of the biggest blockbuster of the year, "Transformers," directed by Michael Bay, produced by Steven Spielberg, and co-starring Shia LeBeouf, Josh Duhamel, and Megan Fox.

Along the way, Tyrese earned his second Grammy nomination with his third album, "I Wanna Go There," co-hosted the 9th Annual Soul Train Awards, and became the first and only African male model to land a multi-million dollar contract when he signed with GUESS.

Over the summer, Tyrese starred in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which brought back all of the key elements from the first film, including director Michael Bay and producer Steven Spielberg. In 2010, Tyrese can be seen in "Legion," a Sony Screen Gems horror film co-starring Dennis Quaid.

Tyrese's Phoenix International Raceway performance was arranged in part by Scottsdale marketing firm AP & Associates, LLC. For more on AP & Associates, please visit APScottsdale.com.

Tickets to witness the championship atmosphere of the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway - with prices as low as $25 for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 - can be purchased online at the newly-designed PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223). The PIR Ticket Office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 125 S. Avondale Blvd., just south of I-10 at Exit 131 in Avondale.

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