Pop music icons ‘Hanson’ will perform Bojangles Southern 500 national anthem
DARLINGTON, S.C.– Hanson, a popular rock group, will perform the national anthem on Sept. 2 before the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Founded in 1992 at ages 11, 9 and 6, the group that features brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac spent their first five years building a fan base as an independent band in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since then, the band has built an impressive 26-year career of performing and making music.
“We’re all very excited to perform the national anthem at Darlington Raceway,” Isaac Hanson said. “We’ve been fortunate to perform the anthem at many great venues, and it’ll be great to add Darlington Raceway to that list.”
In 1997, the group released its major record debut with the album “Middle of Nowhere,” including the international smash single “Mmmbop.” This garnered multiple Grammy nominations and five consecutive top 40 singles, such as “Where’s the Love” and “I Will Come to You.”
In 2003, Hanson launched its own independent record label “3CG,” and its first independent album “Underneath,” was a No. 1 independent billboard album in 2004. Since then, the group has toured all over the world, released three studio albums and has sold more than 16 million albums to date.
Hanson also is very experienced in performing national anthems, as it has performed it at the 1997 World Series, the 1999 Women’s FIFA World Cup, for the Oklahoma City Thunder,and on many other occasions.
“Hanson is a group that has been performing together for over 25 years, and we’re more than happy to have them at Darlington Raceway performing our national anthem,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. “They have had a tremendous amount of experience performing the anthem at many great venues and will do a great job for our Bojangles’ Southern 500 race.”
The band also is heavily involved with philanthropic efforts as well. In 2007, it launched a grassroots campaign to help combat poverty and provide HIV/Aids relief in Africa (takethewalk.net).
Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback campaign is “The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR,” featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sept. 2. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race on Sept. 1. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.