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Jan. 8, 2010
GREENSBORO, NC - The Atlantic Coast Conference unveils a new, high-energy version of the league's women's basketball theme song, "She Can Play," in conjunction with the opening of the 2009-10 ACC women's basketball season.
"She Can Play," written and composed by Nashville singer/songwriter Damien Horne, first aired on Jan. 11, 2009. After getting to know several of the league's coaches, student-athletes and women's basketball fans as he traveled around to perform the first-ever ACC theme song last year, Horne has produced a new version for 2010 - one that the fans and athletes alike can better attribute to the fast-paced action of the ACC.
"The `She Can Play' song, along with this year's remix, puts our fans one step closer to fully understanding ACC Women's Basketball," stated ACC Associate Commissioner Nora Lynn Finch. "It is powerful when you can connect with your fans through music, and I believe that the lyrics are put to life each night our student-athletes take to the court in competition, representing the tradition and excellence that has been built before them."
Horne and the ACC are committed to highlighting the energy, skill and excitement of ACC women's basketball. Both the original "She Can Play" song and the remix music videos will be featured throughout the 2009-10 season and will culminate in March (Thursday, March 4th - Sunday, March 7th) at the 33rd Annual ACC Women's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Fans can hear the remix as well as follow along with the lyrics on www.theACC.com/SheCanPlay. In addition, fans can remain engaged throughout the season and enjoy the entertaining applications of the remix by following The ACC on Twitter at accwbb.
More about Damien Horne:
Horne, who was raised in Hickory, North Carolina and is one of twelve children, offers a collection of R&B melodies, catchy pop hooks, and distinctive elements of hip-hop, soul, and rock. An NCAA Division II player during his college days, Horne's story, full of challenges in the pursuit of one's dreams, brings an element of empowerment and inspiration to each of the league's student-athletes and fans alike.
"Initially, we brought Damien in to work specifically with the Boys and Girls Club through one of our Tournament outreach programs," said Finch. "But after I read his story and heard a song that Damien had composed and dedicated to his niece ("Ain't She"), I knew that he had much more to offer ACC Women's Basketball than a few hours in an outreach program. My vision was then to have Damien compose a theme song, centered on our She Can Play! logo and slogan, that gives life to the brand of ACC Women's Basketball. Later he delivered a song that I knew would resonate with ACC fans of all ages and, in particular, our women's basketball fans."
Horne began his musical journey at age 11, singing in his local Salvation Army Church. He was soon competing in local talent shows and performing in a traveling production of Godspell. After graduation, he got on a Greyhound bus and followed his musical dreams to Hollywood, Calif., where he soon found himself homeless. While that quest leads most to destruction, it led Horne to redemption, and he eventually found himself back in North Carolina with a band called Stellar Tree.
One evening, while playing for tips on Nashville's historic 2nd Avenue, Horne was invited to perform with MuzikMafia (Musically Artist Friends In Alliance), the Nashville-based artist collaborative that yielded multi-platinum recording artists Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. Horne's music is supported by the group's mission to promote greatness in all genres without prejudice. Through MuzikMafia, Horne has had the opportunity to open for and perform with artists from every genre: Kid Rock, the Neville Brothers, Bon Jovi, Shemekia Copeland, Hank Williams Jr., Dwight Yoakam, Bettye Lavette, Keith Urban and more, all while remaining true to his own talent and style.