-Musician First Class Casey J. Elliott To Sing National Anthem-
-AOL To Stream Performances By Mya And Vanessa Carlton Beginning On Monday, July 16 -
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 12, 2007 – The WNBA announced today that Grammy™ Award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Mya will join platinum-selling musical sensation Vanessa Carlton to headline entertainment for WNBA All-Star 2007 in Washington, D.C. Presenting musical partner AOL will stream highlights from the weekend's performances beginning on Monday, July 16.
On Sunday, July 15, WNBA All-Stars will share center court with Mya who will perform a medley of her latest hits and old favorites live during halftime at the All-Star Game. The game will take place at the Verizon Center and will be televised on ABC beginning at 3:30 pm ET. The Washington D.C. native, who catapulted to prominence in 1998 with her eponymous platinum CD that yielded three top 10 singles, is set to perform singles from her upcoming CD Liberation.
Musician First Class Casey J. Elliott, representing the United States Navy Band, will sing the National Anthem prior to the start of the game. Elliott has performed as a featured soloist at the 2004 Southwestern ACDA convention.
Carlton will entertain guests Saturday evening July 14, during the highly anticipated WNBA Welcome Party & Concert presented by AOL. Carlton, who burst on top of the music scene in 2002 with her smash single, “A Thousand Miles,” is scheduled to perform her latest single “Nolita Fairytale” from her third studio album, Heroes and Thieves live for the first time along with a selection of songs from this album in addition to hits from her critically acclaimed former albums, which include “Ordinary Day” and “White Houses.” Heroes and Thieves will hit stores Oct. 9.
AOL Music (music.aol.com) will premiere select highlights from Mya's halftime and Carlton’s Welcome Party performance beginning on July 16, and remaining on the site until October 31. These performances will be free and available for on-demand viewing. In addition, the content will be available on WNBA.com beginning on the same date.
About the Artists
Mya (Universal Motown) -- Born in Washington, D.C., the Grammy™-winning multi-platinum artist became a star at age 18 with the release of her self-titled first album Mya in 1998. The platinum CD yielded three top 10 singles, “It’s All About Me,” “Movin’ On” and “My First Night With You.” She continued to shine when “Ghetto Superstar” and "Take Me There" (which appeared on the Bulworth and Rugrats soundtracks, respectively) also topped the charts. Mya’s sophomore CD Fear of Flying(2000) also went platinum and featured “Case of the Ex” and the “Best of Me.” 2003’s Moodring went gold and that same year she co-starred in the acclaimed film Chicago, earning the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture. Since Chicago, Mya has appeared in several movies, including Cursed, Ways Of The Flesh, Havana Nights, Shall We Dance, Metrosexual, Step and recently shot the film Cover, directed by Bill Duke. This year also saw Mya sign with the Ford Modeling Agency. Mya’s fourth CD, and her Universal Motown Record’s debut is Liberation, and it’s the sound of a singer expressing herself with no limits. From aching ballads like “Life’s Too Short” to the insistent, aggressive, but confessional, “Still A Woman,” Liberation is Mya, unencumbered. The album is due in stores this September.
Vanessa Carlton (The Inc.) -- Vanessa Carlton first began playing the piano as a toddler, continuing on an artistic road with her attendance at the School of American Ballet in New York, a path she would eventually abandon in favor of songwriting. She re-embraced the piano and began performing in bars and clubs across Manhattan. While studying at Columbia University, Carlton was signed to Interscope Records, but made her formal debut on A&M under veteran producer Ron Fair. Her debut album in April 2002, Be Not Nobody, resonated with audiences of all ages, especially the hit piano single “A Thousand Miles,” which reached the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart. Carlton went on to earn 2003 Grammy™ nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist (“A Thousand Miles”). Her second album Harmonium, which yielded the single “White Houses,” continued to inspire an increasingly loyal fan base and garnered some the best reviews of her career. Carlton is set to release her highly anticipated third studio album Heroes and Thieveson October 9 of this year. The album features traces of mentor and singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks, with whom Carlton toured in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and who also contributed background vocals on the track "The One."
Musician First Class Casey J. Elliott -- Musician First Class Elliott joined the Navy in 2005 after completing a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in choral conducting from Texas Tech University. She studied voice with Karl Dent and Kathy McNeil, and conducting with Dr. John Dickson. She performed as a featured soloist at the 2004 Southwestern ACDA convention.
About the WNBA
Now in its second decade of play, the WNBA features comprehensive national television coverage. ESPN2 and ABC will combine to televise up to 36 games nationally during the 2007 regular season and playoffs. Highlighting ESPN2’s 16 regular season telecasts is the second straight year of “WNBA Tuesdays”, which includes 5 doubleheaders and WNBA action on 11 of 14 Tuesday nights in-season. NBA TV will complement ABC and ESPN2's coverage by televising 70 regular season and up to nine playoff games.
In 2006, the WNBA concluded its historic tenth season with an action-packed WNBA Playoffs. The 2006 WNBA Finals capped a playoff run in which the WNBA saw significant increases in attendance and viewership. The Finals, which aired live on ESPN2, saw the Detroit Shock top the Sacramento Monarchs in the first WNBA Finals match up ever to go to a fifth and deciding game.