Kentucky Belle to Perform Quaker State 400 National Anthem
Versatile star of stage, screen and country music radio Laura Bell Bundy will honor America when she sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the green flag waves for Kentucky Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 on Saturday, June 30.
The accomplished singer/songwriter and multi-talented stage performer from Lexington, Ky., is preparing to release her second country music collection. Her debut Achin' and Shakin' album demonstrates traditional and modern country influences with popular singles from the upbeat "Giddy On Up" to the romantic "Drop On By."
Bundy's country music roots began to take hold when her parents introduced her to 1960s soul and country. Her grandfather, a radio DJ and newscaster, deepened those influences by introducing her artists Patsy Cline, Pearl Bailey, Loretta Lynn, Frank Sinatra and Wille Nelson.
Similar to her idols Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, Bundy set the stage for her music career on New York's famed Broadway.
She impacted The Great White Way by earning a Tony Award nomination for originating the role of Elle Woods in the musical Legally Blonde. She additionally originated the roles of Amber Von Tussle in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Hairspray and Glinda in the smash hit Wicked. Prior to those appearances, she originated the role of Tina Denmark in the successful off Broadway production Ruthless, The Musical! which earned her Outer-Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk nominations. Bundy launched her acting career at age nine. Her television credits include ABC's How I Met Your Mother, CMT's To The Mat', the role of Marah Shayne Lewis in Guiding Light, along with appearances in Cold Case and Veronica Mars. Her movie credits include Dream Girls, Jumanji, Life With Mikey and The Adventures of Huck Finn. She also crafted her diverse talents in the popular touring productions of Gypsy and The Sound of Music.
She helps mentor aspiring stars with former Legally Blonde co-star Paul Canaan through the "Take It to the Top Workshop" by pairing performers in grades 10 through college with current Broadway stars. She additionally works with Canaan to encourage children to pursue creative arts opportunities through their "Kreative Kids" non-profit organization.
Visit http://www.laurabellbundy.com/ for more information.
The June 30 Quaker State 400 anchors a NASCAR tripleheader weekend that opens Thursday, June 28 with the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 and continues Friday, June 29 with the Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300. Tickets, campsites and daily infield Fan Zone passes for all events can be purchased by logging on to http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/tickets, calling 859-578-2300 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and the newly-expanded, seven-lane Kentucky Highway 35.