Denyce Graves sings National Anthem for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2002) - Noted Mezzo-soprano and recording artist Denyce Graves will sing the National Anthem for the 44th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway. A native of Washington, DC, Ms....

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2002) - Noted Mezzo-soprano and recording artist Denyce Graves will sing the National Anthem for the 44th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway.

A native of Washington, DC, Ms. Graves was invited by President Bush to participate in the National Prayer Service in Washington's National Cathedral after the September 11 tragedy. Since then, Denyce Graves has participated in numerous benefit concerts and RCA Records plans to release a recording of patriotic songs by Ms. Graves with the proceeds benefiting various groups affected by the events of September 11.

Since her 1995-96 season debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Carmen, her career has taken her to the world's great opera houses and concert halls.

Ms. Graves attended the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts and received her education at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory. In 1998, she received an honorary doctorate from Oberlin College.

She has been named one of the "50 Leaders of Tomorrow" by Ebony Magazine and was one of Glamour Magazine's 1997 "Women of the Year."

Tickets for the Daytona 500 and other Speedweeks 2002 events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway Ticket Office at (386) 253-7223.

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