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David Archuleta and Brad Paisley to headline Stadium of Fire

PROVO — David Archuleta and Brad Paisley will be performing at Stadium of Fire this year. The announcement was made Thursday afternoon.

“It's just really great to get to celebrate here in Utah for the Fourth of July,” Archuleta said, “and I just hope to give a great performance for everyone.”

Archuleta's music career took off after he finished second on "American Idol" in 2008. He also recently released a book, "Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance."

Archuleta currently lives in Los Angeles but was born in Miami and spent most of his childhood in Utah. He says his singing career was inspired by a videotaped performance of "Les Miserables," and he began singing at age 6.

Paisley has enjoyed monumental success over the past decade. He has won several awards, including Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year. In November, Paisley was named the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a title that eluded him for several years.

He brought his H20 Tour to a full USANA Amphitheatre in September and showed why he is one of country music's top entertainers.

Tickets for the event range from $30 to $120 and go on sale March 4. The event is on Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m. at BYU's Lavell Edwards Stadium.

For more information on Stadium of Fire go to www.freedomfestival.org.

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