[PRESS RELEASE] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact – Robert Williams Media Relations 609-576-2705 "UNDERDOG" SONG BY AREA ACTOR SUITS EAGLES ONCE AGAIN DATE: Jan. 9, 2019 Philadelphia, PA As the Philadelphia Eagles head toward their next playoff game, a song written and performed by an area actor-singer resonates even more. That song is "Underdog," by Leonard Dozier. It might seem that "underdog" is an expression of pride in the Eagles -- who in February 2018 won their first Super Bowl ever. But Dozier, who has released four albums and a dozen singles, didn't write the song with the Eagles or the Super Bowl in mind. "Underdog" debuted in April 28 as he was interviewed on the Q on Fox29, inspired in general by "people who are disillusioned and disenfranchised, as a pick-me-up song." But the connection to the Eagles seems obvious -- A video with clips of the Eagles, interwoven with Dozier's soundtrack, followed in the summer of 2018, after the team's Super Bowl win. "The song seems to be a theme of the team, which really rises as an underdog and wears underdog masks," said Dozier. "It seems again, as they continue in the playoffs, that the football gods are on their side." Dozier's association with the Eagles was serendipitous, almost like an "alignment," he said. An experienced voice actor as well as stage actor, Dozier narrated the Super Bowl highlights in a half-hour documentary for NFL Films Presents. An ADDY-award winner for his voice work, Dozier noted other expressions of that "alignment." He received an invitation to attend a gala last June to announce the formation of a new Faith and Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. The Eagles' head coach, Doug Pedersen, was the speaker. Then, at a mentoring event in which Dozier participated, one of the panelists was former Eagle player Hollis Thomas. In September 2017, Dozier was added to the Eagles roster of voice talents. Add the fact as a young man Dozier dreamed of becoming an athlete, adding: "I never thought I'd go into the arts." Now, in part, thanks to his association with the Philadelphia Eagles, he at least has a taste of being involved in sports. "Underdog" is on Dozier's new album, "Sunday Word," released in October 2018. Links: https://youtu.be/CzR_N2kr_ZE (Video) https://itunes.apple.com/mt/album/underdog-single/1436611073 https://open.spotify.com/album/19iyfqsGon5dvBkkcAC9KG?nd=1 ##
Tickets on sale for my new one-man show "Apostle of Freedom" about the life of AME and African American founding father Richard Allen. Last year a statue was erected at the church he founded, Mother Bethel, in Philadelphia. Additionally, a US postage stamp was issued to commemorate Allen last year. I have had the great, great fortune of playing Richard Allen on film and on TV and for many special events and occasions. He was one of the most remarkable men to ever live. Portraying him has changed my life and in turn I hope this changes yours. The show debuts as part of the Beacon Theatre's Fall Festival on November 17th and 18th. Tickets can be purchased here.https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3098129There will be a talk-back with the audience following the show. The show begins its national tour in February 2018, courtesy of Actors Equity Association.TONIGHT I WILL BE SHOWING THE DOCUDRAMA OF THE SAME TITLE RIGHT HERE."Whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."Have the best of weekends everyone.