Meghan Linsey, Alabama and Hunter Hayes will join Barry Manilow, Nicole Scherzinger and an eclectic list of performers to celebrate Independence Day at the 35th annual A Capitol Fourth special, airing live on PBS, Saturday, July 4th, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The show will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The celebration will be broadcast to U.S. troops serving around the world via the American Forces Network, and on National Public Radio stations across the country.
“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Capitol Fourth celebration,” says Linsey. “What better way to celebrate America’s independence than on the lawn of the Capitol? It’s incredible. As an American, I couldn’t be more honored. I’ll be checking this off of my bucket list for sure!”
The eclectic singer, who finished in the runner-up position during Season Eight of NBC’s The Voice in May, debuted her original single “Change My Mind” during part one of the show’s finale, noting that the song was indicative of the “soulful, pop direction” she is moving toward musically.
“Obviously, it was a big power ballad, Linsey tells Rolling Stone Country. “I’ve got some more upbeat, sassy, fun songs up my sleeve. I sent Blake [Shelton] a ton of songs, and that was the one he thought was the best one for the show and for the single. I didn’t even know Blake was going to be the one picking the song! I actually wrote that song with two of my best friends, Julie Moriva and Dee Briggs, and my boyfriend, Tyler Cain produced the track that they released. My friends played on it, my friend mixed it, so it was a great opportunity for everybody around me to have that moment.”
The 35th anniversary of A Capitol Fourth marks the country’s 239th birthday. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Washington, D.C., every year to see the show. Other performers will include Bradley Whitford, KC and the Sunshine Band, Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan, Robert Davi, Jack Everly and several military bands and choral groups.