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Lilian Garcia to sing “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania XXVIII
WrestleMania XXVIII’s lineup of musical performers has just added a new act, and this time, it is of the homegrown variety: WWE’s very own Lilian Garcia. With the National Guard behind her, Garcia will perform “America the Beautiful” in Miami on April 1.
“When I got the news this morning, I screamed,” she told WWE.com. “I even teared up, I’m so thrilled.”
Although the WWE Universe best knows her as the ring announcer for SmackDown, Garcia – an accomplished musical artist who is working on her sophomore studio album – has graced the WWE Universe with songs before, including two goose-bump-raising renditions of the national anthem on The Grandest Stage of Them All. With her performance April 1, Garcia will pass Aretha Franklin for the most musical performances at WrestleMania.
Away from the ring, Garcia has stayed busy concentrating on her second album, which follows 2007’s “¡Quiero Vivir!” Unlike that release, which featured primarily Spanish language tracks, Garcia’s forthcoming album is entirely in English. The album is expected to drop sometime this year, Garcia told WWE.com.
Earlier this month, however, Garcia gave her fans a sneak peak, releasing the album’s first single – “Ur Girl (Til the End of the World) – on iTunes, as well as a video for the song on YouTube. Additionally, Garcia will take the stage in Miami the week of WrestleMania, performing at the Gibson Miami Showroom on March 28.
"The fans have really loved it, and they've told me they can’t wait for the whole album to drop,” she told WWE.com.
And, just because Garcia will be singing “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania does not preclude her from weighing in on who will win the “Once in a Lifetime” match between The Rock and John Cena.
“The Rock’s my guy,” she said. “I worked with Rock for many, many years and we did a lot of really cool, fun interviews backstage together, so I have to go with him.”