NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 13 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield inVirginia announced today it has added American Idol Finalist and Virginianative Elliott Yamin and music legend Gloria Gaynor to this year's lineup forAnthemLIVE! Yamin and Gaynor will perform during the event that will featuretennis stars James Blake, Serena Williams, Mardy Fish and Tatiana Golovin.
AnthemLIVE! will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007 at Old DominionUniversity's Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk. Gaynor will performto kickoff the evening and will be followed by male and female singles tennis.Yamin will then perform before the event concludes with a doubles competitionfeaturing all the tennis players.
"We are truly pleased that these two performers have agreed to join us tohelp conquer this disease," said Tom Byrd, president, Anthem Blue Cross andBlue Shield in Virginia. "We look forward to a great night of entertainment,both music and tennis, with the added benefit of raising money for the fightagainst cancer."
New to the national scene, Yamin, 29, was born in Los Angeles. Yamin andhis family, his mother a professional singer, eventually moved to Richmondduring his middle school years where he stayed until his famous Idolauditions. Yamin first gained recognition as the third runner up on the fifthseason of the popular reality show, American Idol. He has steadily gainedpopularity and has won the hearts of millions with his soulful voice andlikable presence. In December 2006, he signed a publishing deal with Sony andreleased a cover of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas," which appeared oniTunes. In March, he released his first self-titled debut album, whichrecently went Gold.
Currently, Yamin is on tour traveling across the country. Yamin's whiskey-soaked tenor - an instrument he characterizes as "raw" and "gritty," moreWilson Pickett than Sam Cooke - unifies the disc's disparate flavors. Therecord is also commendable for capturing the immediacy of Yamin's liveperformances and his palpable joy in singing.
A music legend and recognized worldwide, Gaynor has set the standard forpopular music. In 1973, Gaynor made history by reaching No. 1 with "Never CanSay Goodbye" as Billboard gave birth to the Disco Action Charts. It was thefirst dance song to reach No. 1 in the dance music category. She is known theworld over and continues to travel, much to the delight of her fans, toentertain audiences with a show that is everything you come to expect of thisenergetic and entertaining woman. Next year brings the 30th anniversary of "IWill Survive," which appropriately serves as an anthem to causes likeAnthemLIVE! Her popularity continues in the new millennium with a LEGEND awardpresented by long-time fan Prince Albert at the World Music Awards in 2002.In September 2005, Gaynor was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.Gaynor has personally been affected by cancer. She lost her mother to thedisease and her brother was also diagnosed with cancer. She is also an avidsupporter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Since its inception, AnthemLIVE! has raised more than $2.2 million forcancer research, including more than $450,000 in 2006. This year's event willagain benefit groundbreaking cancer research at Eastern Virginia MedicalSchool, Virginia Commonwealth University's Massey Cancer Center and MemorialSloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Tickets for AnthemLIVE! are available through Cox Tix atwww.constantcenter.com or (888) 411-4TED, or the Constant Center Box Office.Ticket prices will range from $15 to $100. Courtside box seats for six areavailable for $2,500.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is an operating subsidiaryof WellPoint Inc., whose mission is to improve the lives of the people itserves and the health of its communities. It is the largest health benefitscompany in te