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Florida School for the Deaf & Blind To Perform At Super Bowl XXXIX

By First Coast News Staff

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Super Bowl XXXIX has drawn another big-time star to the First Coast, and it'll mean an opportunity of a lifetime for more than 100 local students.

Five-time Grammy award winning artist Alicia Keys is scheduled to perform during the Super Bowl pre-game show at Alltel stadium.

Keys will be joined by 140 students from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine.

"The kids are very excited," said Jill Storey, a spokesperson for the school.

Keys has been tapped to perform, "America the Beautiful".

Storey says the students will sing and sign the song with Keys. The students are already practicing.

"America the Beautiful" has a special connection to the school in St. Augustine, as it became a signature cover song of another Grammy award winning artist, Ray Charles.

The late singer attended the Florida School for the Deaf & Blind for eight years back in the 1930s.

Charles died from liver disease last summer.

"Kids are very aware of the connection, and the song and the purpose of it. It is a great honor to do something attached to his name," said Storey.

Keys, 23, received eight Grammy award nominations this year.

She is about to launch the "Diary Tour" of 34 cities to play songs from her second album, "Diary of Alicia Keys."

The tour begins February 25 in Miami.

© 2004 First Coast News.



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