Laura Wright, one of the biggest-selling classical artists of the decade, will perform the UK national anthem at the NFL International Series game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on Sunday September 29.
The 23-year-old soprano, who went to number one in the classical charts with her album “The Last Rose” and was nominated for a Classical Brit Award in 2012, will sing “God Save The Queen” prior to kickoff of the seventh NFL regular-season game to be played in London.
Wright has performed the national anthem at various sporting events, including Six Nations Championship rugby union matches and the Rugby League Challenge Cup final. She also plays full-back for the Rosslyn Park ladies rugby team.
She released her second album, “Glorious” last year and was selected to record the Diamond Jubilee song “Stronger As One”. She performed more times in front of HM The Queen in 2012 than any other artist.
The Steelers-Vikings game will kick off at 6:00p.m. UK time (1:00p.m. ET) and will be aired live in the UK on Channel 4, Sky Sports and Absolute Radio 90s and in the US on CBS.
The US national anthem will be performed by rock legend Gene Simmons, co-founder, singer and bassist of Kiss.
The NFL will stage its second International Series game of 2013 on Sunday, October 27, when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the San Francisco 49ers.