Native Texan Coffey Anderson will perform the national anthem at the 2017 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and will headline the pre-game concert on game day, Saturday December 23.
The concert, presented by Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet and Armed Forces Insurance, is a free event for all fans featured on the American Airlines stage that will begin at 12:00 PM in Tailgate Outpost, located in Lot 3 outside of Amon G. Carter Stadium.
“We are very excited to have Coffey Anderson at our game this year as he brings a fun, family friendly show wherever he goes,” Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler said.
Coffey Anderson has performed in a wide variety of venues ranging from rodeos and fairs to private events and acclaimed country music festivals. Anderson entertains crowds with his energetic stage performances that are complimented by his golden voice, southern charm, and comedic personality. Drawing on his Texas roots, Anderson mainly focuses on producing country music.
While he began his musical career in his college dorm room, Anderson has quickly become a well-known name in the music industry. He has performed on Fox and Friends, CMT, and NBC, among others, and continues to gain followers with his captivating performances. Without a record label, Coffey has achieved over 300,000 iTunes downloads and is continuing to grow a dedicated fan base.
The annual game, played in honor of the Armed Forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academy football teams. The U.S. Military Academy (2010), the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012, 2015) and the U.S. Naval Academy (2013, 2016) have all previously participated in the bowl.
Last year’s game saw the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defeat the Navy Midshipmen 48-45, on a field goal as time expired in front of a crowd of 40,542.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest adventure areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; and the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance.
The bowl game also created and operates the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. For additional information about the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, please visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is one of 14 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN.