Hosts & Entertainment
Peter Weller ('69)
Peter Weller's diverse five-decade film career includes starring roles in Robocop and its sequel, Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite and this summer's Star Trek Into Darkness. Weller, who graduated from UNT in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in theater, later attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, holds a master's degree in Roman Renaissance art from Syracuse University and is working toward his Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance art history at UCLA. Weller served as host of the History Channel's Engineering an Empire.
Melissa Rycroft Strickland ('05)
Melissa Rycroft Strickland starred on ABC's hit series The Bachelor and was crowned champion of Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars in November. Rycroft first came to national prominence as a cast member of CMT's The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, winning a spot on the cheerleading squad for the 2006 season. In 2009, she was named one of People magazine's Most Beautiful People and was selected to Maxim's Hot 100. She graduated from UNT in 2005 with a degree in marketing and finance.
Prophets and Outlaws
Guests and honorees at the 2013 Emerald Eagle Honors will enjoy musical entertainment by the Southern rock band Prophets and Outlaws, which boasts UNT alumnus James Guckenheimer ('07) among its members. Prophets and Outlaws lead singer Matt Boggs was a finalist on the CMT reality show Can You Duet, and some of Boggs' longtime friends in a band called Rigby performed as his opening and backing band. When Boggs and the members of Rigby joined forces, they knew they had a magical musical combination, and Prophets and Outlaws was born. The group has since shared stages with UNT alumni Eli Young Band as well as country artists Pat Green and Mark Chesnutt. The band recently released its debut, self-titled EP.
Raised in Nashville but now a residence of Dallas-Fort Worth, Bean, 21, writes her own music, personally describing it as “mainstream pop with a bit of the old ’50s and ’60s retro vibe.” Bean was recently named one of the Top 5 Indie acts of 2013, and Teen.com wrote Bean is “basically everything we look for in a new artist … that totally reminds us of a mix between Adele and Amy Winehouse.”
Cops and Robbers marks the first single off the self-titled EP Bean. The album was featured on iHeart Radio this past September, and is part of iHeart Radio Macy’s Rising Star campaign. Bean has performed live in front of international crowds including a concert with Hot Chelle Rae and Megan & Liz at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. She also performed at The Living Room & Rockwood in New York City, the Seventeen Magazine and Camille La Vie Promazing Event, Austin at SXSW 2013 (three shows); Yellowphone Music Conference in Milwaukee; NASCAR - Miami; and internationally at a May 2012 concert at the Monaco Grand Prix, where she sang in front of Prince Albert of Monaco.
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