The country music star, who has sold more than half a million albums and DVDs, now calls North Queensland home and is poised to bring Townsville RSL Stadium to their feet on Sunday prior to the championship decider between the Fire and Bendigo.
Having previously performed at the NRL and V8 Supercars, Brand will bring some star power to the WNBL’s showpiece event and said he was delighted to be asked to perform.
“I am honoured to be able to perform the national anthem at the WNBL Grand Final,” Brand said.
“There’s something about performing in front of a crowd at a big sporting event, not only for the players, but also for performers as well.
“It’s a real privilege.”
The Fire and the Spirit will square off for a third successive season on Sunday, with the WNBL decider to be held at Townsville RSL Stadium for the first time.
Tickets to the WNBL Grand Final sold out within 45 minutes of going on sale to the general public, with the Fire and the Townsville Bulletin to stage a live site in the heart of the city at Townsville Bulletin Square to cater for the overwhelming demand to watch the clash.
Brand, who has toured with US superstar Taylor Swift, said he was hoping the Fire for deliver North Queensland’s first national title.
“To win a national championship, and to have that in town, would be pretty amazing,” Brand said.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
The Fire and the Spirit will tip-off in the WNBL Grand Final at Townsville RSL Stadium at 2pm on Sunday.