Recording artist & actress Jordin Sparks to sing national anthem for 59th Daytona 500

Photo for Headline Surfer / Recording Artist & actress Jordin Sparks, shown above, is scheduled to sing the National Anthem for February's Daytona 500.
YouTube download / video by racing fan Marco Russo / Above, raw video of the 82nd Airborne Division’s All American Chorus from Fort Bragg singing the national anthem, followed by a flyover from the famed U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
 
 By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks, whose faith-based film "God Bless The Broken Road" will be in theaters early 2017, will perform the National Anthem for the 59th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway.

"We’re thrilled to have Jordin Sparks be a part of the pre-race ceremonies and sing the National Anthem prior to the DAYTONA 500," Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. "Jordin is an incredible talent and we look forward to her rendition of the National Anthem before the start of the 59th ‘Great American Race.’ "

DSC President Chip Wile / Headline Surfer"We’re thrilled to have Jordin Sparks be a part of the pre-race ceremonies and sing the National Anthem prior to the DAYTONA 500," Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said.

"Jordin is an incredible talent and we look forward to her rendition of the National Anthem before the start of the 59th ‘Great American Race.’ "

God Bless The Broken Road tells the story of Amber (Lindsay Pulsipher), a young mother whose husband makes the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Afghanistan and she struggles to raise their young daughter (Makenzie Moss) in his absence. Sparks plays Amber's close friend, Bridgette. 

The film combines elements of faith, country music and stock car racing while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States military and their families. A portion of the film's profits will go to DAV (Disabled American Veterans). 

Did You Know?
Jordin Sparks was the season 6 winner of American Idol. In addition to a successful recording career, she has branched out to pursue an acting and Broadway career, starring in films such as the music film SparkleThe Grace of Jakes, Left Behind and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.
 
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.