Voice of the Kingdom Finalists Announced

Posted Jul 17, 2012

Vote for the fan you think should sing the National Anthem at Arrowhead Stadium in 2012

Eighteen semi-finalists performed the National Anthem at Arrowhead Stadium over the weekend. All were Chiefs fans. All hail from the footprint of Chiefs Kingdom. All were incredibly talented.

Judges have narrowed the field down to five finalists. Now we need your help.

The Voice of the Kingdom contest invited Chiefs fans to submit video of themselves singing the National Anthem for a chance to perform the Star-Spangled Banner before the Chiefs-Seahawks game on August 24th.

A pool of candidates from across the country was whittled down to 18 semi-finalists and then to a field of five finalists who Chiefs fans can now begin casting their vote for.

“There is some serious talent to choose from,” said guest judge Patti Dipardo-Livergood, who has performed the National Anthem at Arrowhead Stadium each year since 1973. “It was a very diverse group that performed in the semi-finals, and to select the winner from these five finalists is going to be challenging.

“We had the 18 contestants each perform two times. Even with 36 renditions, you still never tire of hearing our National Anthem.”

Voting is open now and runs until Monday, July 23rd. Vote for your favorite performance at

The five finalists for the Voice of the Kingdom are:

Ron Gutierrez

A former vocalist with The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own", based in Washington, DC, Gutierrez has performed for every level of both the Clinton and Bush administrations.  In addition, he became a command soloist for both the Secretary of Defense and the Sergeant-Major of the Army. 

“Every vocalist who has performed the National Anthem knows that singing before an NFL crowd of 80,000 fans would be like no other experience you could imagine.  Being one of only 10 performers for the season would be a major achievement on its own. To perform it for a home town crowd in the best stadium in the country would be the crown jewel.  I believe that I would be a great representative of not only the Chiefs organization but of veterans and fans alike.”

Michelle Knollhoff

Believe it or not, Knollhoff is still looking to attend her first NFL game. What better way to experience Arrowhead Stadium than being on the field performing the Star-Spangled Banner?

“I LOVE singing the National Anthem!  To be honest I've never been to an NFL game before so to have the chance to go to my first game AND sing would be an incredible experience!  I'm bubbly and full of energy. Pick me!

Harry Travis & Adam Thomas

Travis and Thomas both sing in a country/southern rock band and have performed all across the country. They play many covers, but also write originals and have had our music on the radio overseas and in Nashville, TN.

Mandy Peck

Married and a mother of three boys, Peck has been singing all her life and has had the honor of performing the National Anthem for the Royals, KU Jayhawks, Sporting KC and at various Sprint Center events.

“I consider it an HONOR each time I sing this song.  It especially permeates with me because my dad is a retired Major in the Air Force and a Vietnam Vet.  From birth though my teens I grew up on military bases.  When I sing the National Anthem I truly remember those who sacrifice for us.” 

Jason Olson – Joan’s Boys

Joan’s Boys have performed numerous barbershop songs at several venues. Their rendition of the National Anthem is truly unique and has been performed at three College World Series Games and other many other sporting events around the Omaha, Neb. area.

“Our group is called Joan's Boys and consists of my brother Josh, my brother Jonathon, my father Greg, and myself (Jason Olson). Joan was our Grandmother (my father's mother) who passed away in 2004 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. She was a wonderful singer and an inspiration to us all.”

A very special thanks to our guest judges: Patti Dipardo-Livergood (performed National Anthem at Arrowhead each year since 1973), Jillian Gregg (Q-104 Morning Show), Shanna Hilt (Chiefs Red and Gold Host), Kelly Jones (KCTV-5 Anchor), Susan Walker (Cerner First Hand Foundation), Walter White (former Chiefs tight end) and Summer (representing the Chiefs Cheerleaders).

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