National anthem singers set for Breeders’ Cup

Chris Tomlin performs the final headlining concert at the final Ichthus Festival. On Dec. 8, 2012, the Ichthus board announced the festival and Ichthus Ministries were closing after 42 continuous years of operation. The final day of the 2012 Ichthus Festival was June 23, 2012 at Ichthus Farm off U.S. 68 in Wilmore, Ky. Photo by Rich Copley | staff.

Chris Tomlin, shown performing at the 2012 Ichthus Festival, will sing the national anthem at the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday at Keeneland. Photo by Rich Copley | staff.

The Breeders’ Cup has announced the singers who will deliver the Star-Spangled Banner and other selections prior to the races Friday and Saturday.

Marlana VanHoose, a 20-year-old survivor of cytomegalovirus and cerebal palsy, will perform the national anthem Friday with the Culver Academy Color Guard. Marlana caught national attention singing the anthem at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race and at the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Saturday, the music will start with St. Paul and the Broken Bones performing America the Beautiful and the group’s single Call Me. Acclaimed worship singer and songwriter Chris Tomlin will present the national anthem, and then the University of Kentucky’s male a cappella ensemble the acoUstiKats will sing My Old Kentucky Home. The acoUstiKats gained national attention competing on NBC’s The Sing Off in 2013.

Marlana VanHoose performs the national anthem before the start of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Marlana VanHoose performs the national anthem before the start of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. She will sing the national anthem Friday at the Breeders’ Cup. AP photo by Tony Dejak.

The University of Kentucky's acoUstiKats on the premiere of NBC's 'The Sing-Off.' © NBC photo by Tyler Golden.

The University of Kentucky’s acoUstiKats on the premiere of NBC’s ‘The Sing-Off.’ The group will sing ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ at the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday. © NBC photo by Tyler Golden.

The first day of the 2015 Forecastle Festival was July 17 at Waterfront Park in Louisville, Ky. The fest was scheduled to run through July 19. Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley| rcopley@herald-leader.com.

Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones performs at the 2015 Forecastle Festival on  July 17 at Waterfront Park in Louisville, Ky. The group will perform ‘America the Beautiful’ and its single ‘Call Me’ at the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday. Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley| rcopley@herald-leader.com.

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