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07/09/2008 12:00 PM ET
All-Star Game ups its star power
Crow, Groban, 3 Doors Down to perform
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The three musical artists who will perform during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game and State Farm Home Run Derby next week at Yankee Stadium have been announced, and they make up quite an All-Star team among themselves.

Nine-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow will perform the U.S. National Anthem prior to the start of the 79th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15 at Yankee Stadium, and pop superstar Josh Groban will perform "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch. The game will be shown live on FOX beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).

The day before the Midsummer Classic, multi-platinum rock band 3 Doors Down will perform a two-song set prior to the start of the State Farm® Home Run Derby, which will be televised live on July 14th on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).

This, of course, all will happen only a few days after the Major League Baseball All-Star Concert presented by Bank of America featuring Bon Jovi in Central Park on Saturday, July 12. That concert is a free event but a ticket is required to attend.

Crow's music has been heard over ballpark stereo systems since she became an international sensation with her debut album, 1993's Tuesday Night Music Club, which sold more than 7 million copies and earned her three Grammys. All of Crow's releases since have been certified platinum (one million sold), with mega-hits such as "All I Wanna Do," "Everyday is a Winding Road," "Soak up the Sun" and "If it Makes You Happy." Her latest CD, Detours, was released in February on Interscope/A&M Records.

Like Major League Baseball, Sheryl Crow is a dedicated partner with the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) efforts to resolve the many environmental challenges facing the Earth. She also joins MLB as a supporter of Stand Up To Cancer, a new initiative to raise philanthropic dollars for accelerating ground-breaking cancer research.

"I'm honored that Major League Baseball has asked me to sing our country's National Anthem at the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium," aid Crow. "I'm especially proud to be associated with MLB because of all the extraordinary initiatives baseball has embarked on with my partners at the National Resources Defense Council to promote environmentally friendly practices."

An internationally renowned performer who has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide, Josh Groban has thrilled a legion of devoted fans with his flawless baritone and extraordinary stage presence.

The 27-year-old Los Angeles native first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled double-platinum debut, followed by 2003's multi-platinum Closer, featuring the smash hit "You Raise Me Up," and 2006's double-platinum Awake. In 2007, the Grammy-nominated star became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster Christmas album, Noel -- the best-selling album of 2007. Groban has recently released his third live DVD, entitled "Awake Live."

"From my earliest memories of my dad taking me to games at Dodger Stadium to my current quest to see every ballpark in the U.S. during my concert tour, baseball has always had a special place in my life," Groban said. "It's our national pastime and, to me, represents a nostalgia and innocence that our country holds dearly. I love this game and I'm honored to be part of this great one today."

3 Doors Down is scheduled to perform "It's Not My Time," from their self-titled fourth album that topped both the Billboard and iTunes album charts in its first week of release in May. They are also scheduled to perform their first and biggest hit, "Kryptonite," from their second CD, 2000's The Better Life. 3 Doors Down has sold more than 15 million albums.

Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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