McKnight set for All-Star performance
R&B legend to perform national anthem in pregame ceremony
DETROIT -- Considering Detroit is where countless Motown legends got their start, there are few cities better suited to showcase baseball's biggest exhibition event and the best of the music industry at the same time.
Motown will be well represented on Tuesday, when R&B recording artist Brian McKnight performs the Star Spangled Banner prior to the 2005 All-Star Game at Comerica Park.
McKnight, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., has been entertaining music fans since 1992, when he broke onto the scene with his platinum-selling, self-titled debut album, which included the Billboard top single, "The Way Love Goes." After some time away from the music spotlight, McKnight has returned with his 2005 album, Gemini.
With more than 12 years of music production and creation to his credit, McKnight has sold more than 16 million records and has worked with musical greats such as Willie Nelson, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake and Kenny G. For his work, McKnight has won American Music, Soul Train and NAACP Image Awards.
McKnight is no stranger to Major League Baseball's jewel events. He also performed the national anthem prior to Game 6 of the 2002 World Series in Anaheim.
Other musical performances will include the Canadian All-Star Choir, a combination of three choirs from Windsor, Ontario, will perform the Canadian national anthem. The Grammy Award winning Winans Family will join McKnight at the All-Star Game to perform God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch.
The Winans, often referred to as the First Family of Gospel Music, have won 31 Grammy Awards as a family and have been nominated for an additional 20 Grammy Awards. The Winans -- which include Carvin, Marvin, Daniel, Mike, Carvin Jr., Marvin Jr., Mike Jr. and Juan -- deliver fresh, cutting-edge contemporary gospel tunes that have crossed over to the urban and pop charts, securing No. 1 spots on the Billboard R&B charts.
The 76th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the Midsummer Classic on the Internet.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.