Couple of country boys with their dad WW II veteran Milty in the middle.

COUNTRY UP FOR WARRIORS

Through the years country artists have always been great supporters of our troops and veterans; from traveling overseas with USO tours to participating in various events for veterans. In keeping with that spirit all the artists listed are continuing that tradition.

CONNIE HARRINGTON--Nashville Song Writer

Song writer Connie Harrington on the left with co-writer Jimmy Yeary
Photo Courtesy of Connie Harrington

Connie Harrington is a successful country song writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. The year of 2013 was a particularly successful year as she and her two writing partners had two of their songs nominated by every major awards program in the music industry. The songs where, “Mine Would Be You” recorded by Blake Shelton and “I Drive Your Truck” recorded by Lee Brice; a story about the father of a Medal of Honor recipient killed in Afghanistan in 2006. Our focus is the story behind “I Drive Your Truck” and the deserving awards it received.


Connie’s award winning song “I Drive Your Truck” was inspired by an interview on National Public Radio on Memorial Day weekend 2011. Driving home that day she wasn’t in the mood for music, having been listening to it all day, so she tuned into NPR. The reporter was interviewing Paul Monti; father of Sargent 1st Class Jared Monti who died in Afghanistan trying to save his wounded comrades during a battle. Jared was 30 years old when he died, and was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroism under fire.


The reporter wanted to know how he coped. The father said, “I drive his truck.” Choking up, he went on to say, “It’s got his DNA all over it. I love driving it because it reminds me of him, though I don’t need the truck to remind me of him. I think about him every hour of every day.”


Connie, moved to tears, started scribbling notes on a yellow stick-um pad while holding the steering wheel and just kept writing details as the interview continued. When she got home, she couldn’t get that story out of her mind and began to write her thoughts on how to turn it into a song. Then she joined with one of her co-writers, Jessi Alexander to officially start to write the song. Later they brought in another co-writer, Jimmy Yeary, to make sure they nailed the male perspective.


Jared Monti was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in September, 2009. It was the first Medal of Honor presented by the president.


“Do we truly understand the nature of these virtues, to serve and to sacrifice?” Obama asked during the ceremony. “Jared Monti knew. The Monti Family knows. And they know that the actions we honor today were not a passing moment of courage. They were the culmination of a life of character and commitment.”


Several complete stories of Paul, his son Jared and Connie Harrington can be found on the internet.


Music Awards for “I Drive Your Truck”
Reaching the pinnacle of the awards circuit her song “I Drive Your Truck” won and was nominated for music awards in several categories.

Country Airplay Chart month of April 2013
Number 1

Nashville Songwriters Association International -- October 2013
“Song of the Year”……this award is strictly for songwriters Connie Harrington, Jessi Alexander and Jimmy Yeary

47th Country Music Association -- November 2013
“Song of the Year”
Nominated for “New Artist of the Year”

American Country Awards -- December 2013
Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Nominated for Song of the Year
award goes to the songwriter(s)
“I Drive Your Truck”, Connie Harrington, Jessi Alexander
and Jimmy Yeary

56th Annual Grammy Awards -- January 2014
Nominated for Best Country Solo Performance
Nominated for Best Country Song

49th Academy of Country Music Awards -- April 2014
Song of the Year
Nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year
Nominated for Single Record of the Year
Nominated for Video of the Year

2014 Golden Boot Awards -- June 2014
Song of the Year

LEE BRICE--Country Singer of Song of the Year
“I Drive Your Truck”

Lee Brice
Photo Courtesy of Lee Brice and Shore Fire Media
Photo by Joseph Llanes Photography--- www.JosephLlanes.com

Lee Brice is a craftsman, the kind whose boundless desire to hone his skills and relentless pursuit of perfection are matched only by his humility about the entire process. His new album, I Don't Dance, is a showcase for his painstaking approach to writing and recording, with his distinctive fingerprints clearly emblazoned on every element of the album. While Brice is now known as a reliable chart-topping Nashville hit-maker whose 2014 performance on the Academy of Country Music telecast — where he picked up the trophy for “Song of the Year”— "stole the show" (USA Today), there was a time when he was only recognized for his work behind the scenes.


"I had success as a writer before I had success as an artist," says Brice, "so there's a misconception that I was a songwriter first and then started to sing my own songs later. But all along, I've really always been writing for myself. When I started writing songs at ten years old, it was because I wanted to sing them, and when I came to Nashville, I came to be a songwriter and a singer. It's all one thing to me."


After relocating from his native South Carolina to Music City, the former Clemson lineman dove headfirst into his craft, writing on his own and with a slew of talented musicians he fell in with. He found early success, with songs picked up by established artists like Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw. Though they may have been sung by other artists, those songs were stories from deep within Lee's own heart.


He released his debut album, Love Like Crazy, in 2009. The title track reached #3 on the Billboard Country chart and set a record as the longest-charting song in its history. In 2012, he topped his own success with Hard 2 Love, an album that went Gold and featured three #1 Country singles, including "I Drive Your Truck," which won Song of the Year at both the CMA and ACM Awards. The record earned raves from NPR to Country Weekly and found the New York Times hailing him as "a sensitive macho man," a compliment that perfectly encapsulates both sides of Brice's persona. Hard 2 Love also garnered Lee his late-night debut, a stirring performance of "I Drive Your Truck" on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”


"On my first record, I had all these ideas and sounds I didn't know how to get out of me," Brice remembers, crediting frequent collaborator Doug Johnson with helping him learn some of the early ropes of recording. "On Hard 2 Love, I stepped out and tried things in the studio; if they didn’t work they didn’t work, but often times those experiments and ideas became the basis of some of my favorite songs ."


Brice took it a step further on I Don't Dance, relishing the role of producer with a flair for experimentation as yet another way to mold and shape his songs to match the sounds he'd been chasing in his head.


"I wanted to have control over every drumbeat, every lick of the bass part," he explains of his meticulous approach in the studio. "It was a lot of really sitting down and thinking about every little piece that goes into it."


The most personal song on the album is the title track, which Brice wrote for the first dance at his May 2013 wedding. As with so much of his work, the lyrics are inspired by his undying love for his wife, Sara, but they resonate with a huge audience. Top wedding website The Knot recently selected it for the "Dream Wedding" they threw for a pair of Boston Marathon bombing survivors.


"Of all the songs I’ve written, it’s my favorite," says Lee, "and I don’t know that that'll ever change."


The earnestness in his voice tells you he means it, but with a craftsman like Brice, it's hard to imagine he's not already dreaming of his next chance to get into the studio and top it.
www.LeeBrice.com


CHARLIE DANIELS of The Charlie Daniels Band

The Charlie Daniels Band entertaining the troops overseas
Photo Courtesy of Charlie Daniels

From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 77, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.


“I love what I do,” says Charlie of his 50-plus years in the music business. “I look forward to entertaining people. When show time gets here, I’m ready to go, ready to go play for them. It’s a labor of love. I just thank God I make a living at what I enjoy doing.”


Any conversation with the legendary artist, however, rarely includes any of his accomplishments. He’d rather shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He’s always been a staunch supporter of the military, and for the past several years has headlined a special concert each spring at David Lipscomb University benefiting the Yellow Ribbon Program which provides scholarships for veterans. In 2012 he welcomed Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, Darryl Worley, the Grascals and actor Gary Sinise to Lipscomb for a great evening of music.


Charlie also lends his time and talent to numerous other charitable organizations, including the Jason Foundation Golf Classic, an organization that targets teen suicide prevention, and the Galilean Children’s Home in Liberty, KY, which provides a home for abused and neglected children, “I’ve been affiliated with them for a long, long time and it’s just a great place,” Charlie says of the home founded by Jerry and Sandy Tucker. “They take in babies whose mothers are going to prison. They give kids a good stable Christian home and love them. It’s just a wonderful place.”


Each year Charlie also hosts The Charlie Daniels Celebrity Golf Classic & Angelus Concert in Hudson, FL, a benefit for The Angelus, a full-time residential facility and day school program for the severely handicapped. Charlie is also a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board and has been a longtime supporter of the T. J. Martell Foundation and its numerous events aiding cancer research. He’s also the headliner every year for the Christmas 4 Kids concert at the Ryman Auditorium, which raises money to provide a happy holiday for needy children. “I have a very unique opportunity because of being in the music community,” Charlie says of using his celebrity status to aid worthy causes. “You try to give back to some extent. I do feel like people should. We should all do as much as we can.”


Charlie Daniels support for the military and veterans is legendary. He has done more shows and fund raisers for them than could be listed here.  

www.CharlieDaniels.com


ANGIE JOHNSON--Country Artist, Air Force Staff Sergeant

Angie Johnson

Angie Johnson on duty with the Missouri Air National Guard
Photo Courtesy of Angie Johnson and Campbell Entertainment Group

Angie Johnson

Angie Johnson performing for the troops
Photo Courtesy of Angie Johnson and Campbell Entertainment Group




Angie Johnson
Photo Courtesy of Angie Johnson and Campbell Entertainment Group

A dedicated member of the United States Air Force, the Missouri-born artist began her military career as an intelligence analyst and later transitioned to the prestigious Tops In Blue. For one year, she and her “Blue family” entertained fellow troops at bases around the globe. “From then on my heart was hooked on doing shows to lift the morale of our deployed troops and their families,” Angie remembers. After Tops in Blue, a 10-minute audition landed her a position as a full-time vocalist in the Air Force Band career field.


She was honorably discharged from active duty after fulfilling her Air Force commitment, then chose to transition into the Air National Guard and move to Nashville to pursue her dreams of a life as a country singer/songwriter. For 28 days out of every month, Angie did everything she could to hone her craft – performing everywhere that would have her, writing songs, learning about the music business. Two days out of the month and two weeks during the summer, she was a dedicated member of Sidewinder, a nine-member Top 40 band which was a part of the 35-piece Air National Guard Band of the Central States ensemble headquartered at the 131st Bomb Wing at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.


In August of 2011, Sidewinder was deployed to perform for the troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East. This would be Angie’s seventh trip to the region performing morale shows. An impromptu performance for a small group of troops in an undisclosed location lead to a now-famous video being posted on YouTube, which has received over 3.5 million views. Check it out here...



Television host Carson Daly saw the video, tracked Angie down via Twitter and invited her to audition for NBC’s “The Voice,” where she became a contestant on Team Cee Lo. Sony Music released her debut EP, Sing For You, May 21, 2013, and her infectious single, “Swagger,” hit the Top 20 in the summer of 2013.


Musically, and personally, everything about Angie Johnson is the product of cornbread, soup beans and sushi. Born to a father from Kentucky who met her Japanese mother while stationed in Okinawa, Angie proudly calls herself “Kentuckanese.” “Thanksgiving was a pretty interesting meal around our house,” she jokes.


“I've always lived an unconventional life,” Angie confesses.” “I prefer it that way. I'm at home in combat boots or stilettos, baiting a hook or singing an aria, having filet mignon or fillet of catfish. I'm a broad spectrum kinda girl. God made me that way and I'm grateful He has such a colorful imagination.”
www.OfficialAngieJohnson.com


KENI THOMAS -- Country Artist, former Army Ranger

Keni Thomas performing for the troops in Kabul, Afghanistan
Photo Courtesy of Keni Thomas


Keni Thomas performing for the troops in Kabul, Afghanistan
Photo Courtesy of Keni Thomas

Keni Thomas is passionate about his mission in life. Whether standing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry or entertaining the troops on a tiny outpost in the Afghani mountains, the southern country-rocker is indeed using his God-given gifts to deliver a message through his words and his music. His tremendous talent as a songwriter and performer have firmly established him as one of Nashville’s most respected up and coming stars.


As an entertainer, Keni has been recognized by congress, the White House, and was recently inducted into the VFW Hall of Fame for his dedicated work on behalf of our veterans and military families. He regularly tours with the USO to preform for our troops deployed on the front lines. And he is proud to serve as a national spokesman for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation which provides college educations to the children of our special operations personnel killed in combat or training.


As a combat veteran of the 75th Ranger Regiment, Thomas and his fellow rangers distinguished themselves in an 18 hour fire fight that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie Blackhawk Down. 19 Americans died and 78 were wounded in some of the worst urban combat seen by US troops since WWII. Keni uses his unique story to reach thousands of people across the country as a motivational speaker and best selling author. His uplifting message of leading by example, stresses the importance of knowing what it means to be counted on and setting a positive example for others to follow. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Florida and a recipient of the bronze star for valor.
www.KeniThomas.com


Rockie Lynne --- Country Artist, former US Army, 82nd Airborne

Rockie Lynne
Photo Courtesy of Carolina Blue Sky Music and Rockie Lynne

Rockie Lynne first made a name for himself when he released his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album on Universal Records. His debut single, "Lipstick," spent an impressive 10 consecutive weeks in the #1 slot on Billboard’s Country Singles Sales chart.


He has made countless national media appearances, including performances on “Good Morning America” Summer Concert Series, Fox News Network’s “Fox and Friends,” feature stories by the Associated Press, People Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. He has made 14 appearances on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.


As a veteran of the United States Army (82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg, NC), Rockie is often requested to perform for patriotic and military events and his original songs are regularly licensed for use in conjunction with veteran and patriotic-themed programming.


He is the founder of a national charitable organization, Tribute To The Troops, now in its 11th year. This 501c3 has raised over $300,000 for a college fund designed to provide tuition for children who have lost a parent while on active duty.
www.tributetothetroops.org


As the owner of Nashville-based music publishing company, Carolina Blue Sky Music, Rockie serves as the Chief Creative Officer of a music house that has placed songs in feature films, television programs and commercials. He is also the owner of Tone Studios, a full-service recording studio. His extensive knowledge of music production combined with his skills as a composer, hit songwriter and guitar player contribute to him being a favorite of national media outlets.


His original compositions have been included in countless regional and national network programs, of which highlights include an Emmy Award-winning program produced by Wisconsin Public Television, CBS “Criminal Minds “episodes and “Fox NFL Sunday” broadcasts.  
www.RockieLynne.com      www.tributetothetroops.org


Jeff Bates--- Country Artist—Motivational Speaker-- Army National Guard

Jeff Bates
Photo Courtesy of Ontourage Management and Jeff Bates

When it comes to overcoming life’s trials and troubles, drug addiction and recovery, and spirituality and faith, Jeff Bates speaks with the authority of a man who has been there and done that and has all the proverbial nicks, cuts, bruises and scars to go along with his personal tribulations and redemption. From abandonment as a baby to adoption, to illnesses, troubled youth and teenage years, time in the National Guard where he says he learned to depend on himself.


A few years later drugs and alcohol overtook his world and landed him in jail. The day he woke up in prison he knew only one person could turn him around. “A lot of times you get trapped in a situation like that and you want to make a deal with God---get me out of here and I’ll be a better person,” Bates says. “I didn’t want that and I didn’t ask for that deal. I simply said I don’t want to be this person anymore….please help me be a better person. That was all I was after no matter how long I had to stay in jail to do it."


Some are not nearly as fortunate as Bates when they find themselves in that situation, but he is one of the few who stayed strong in his choice to change. Two years after his release from jail he signed his first record deal with RCA Records and released his debut album, Rainbow Man and three more albums have followed


However, he says now that his greatest t accomplishment through it all is being a loving father to his daughter, Brianna. “Being a daddy is my No.1 job,” Bates smiles. “Nothing is as satisfying to me as being that little girl’s daddy.”


Not a single day goes by for Bates he doesn’t count his blessings. Bates takes pride in being an inspiration to others and is honored to give back in any way he can.


For a true story of inspiration, redemption, courage and faith, in the down to earth open and honest words of the man who lived and experienced them, have Country Music Artist and inspirational and motivational speaker Jeff Bates speak at you event.  
www.JeffBatesSpeaks.com      www.JeffBates.net


THE ALABAMA BAND – Country Band

The Band Alabama
Photo Courtesy of Ontourage Management and The Alabama Band

It's been 40 years since a trio of young cousins left Fort Payne, Alabama, to spend the summer playing in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina bar called The Bowery. It took Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook six long years of tip jars and word of mouth to earn the major label deal they'd been dreaming of, but then seemingly no time at all to change the face of country music.


ALABAMA is the band that changed everything. They reeled off 21 straight #1 singles, a record that will probably never be equaled in any genre. They brought youthful energy, sex appeal and a rocking edge that broadened country's audience and opened the door to self-contained bands from then on, and they undertook a journey that led, 73 million albums later, to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


ALABAMA was the first group in history to win the Country Music Association's "Entertainer of the Year" award and the only artist to win this award for three consecutive years. They were "Entertainer of the Year" for five straight years for the Academy of Country Music. The Academy of Country Music named ALABAMA their most awarded artist during the ACM 40th Anniversary telecast in December 2005.


Of the early days and their humble beginnings, Jeff says, "I don't think we thought too far ahead. We were more concerned with paying our bills at the end of the week playing music." The Bowery was a chance to get established outside their home turf, where they'd played a nearby theme park, opening for national acts like Bobby Bare.


"We believed we had something pretty special from a vocal standpoint," says Teddy, "and we were looking for the opportunity to prove it. There were a lot of times when we wondered whether we might be better off going back home and getting jobs, but we just kept rehearsing and writing songs, trying to get better and believing we could do it."


The band was revolutionary in more than one sense.


"We were renegades in sneakers and T-shirts," says Teddy. "We had long hair and played loud and some of the country folks resisted us for a while. But then of course they did accept us and then after that, our success made it lots easier for other bands to try it in country music."


ALABAMA has chosen to use its celebrity to benefit a multitude of worthy causes across America and beyond. To name a few humanitarian efforts the group engages in, each band member is actively involved in his own individual causes which include: the more than $280 million that lead singer Randy Owen has helped raise in partnership with Country Radio for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his establishment and leadership role in Country Cares for St. Jude Kids. Additionally, nearly $1 million has been generated through the Randy Owen Alabama Sheriffs' Youth Ranches Golf Tournament since 1985 for ranches throughout the state; the foundation that Mark Herndon has established to benefit hearing-impaired children in conjunction with The Chattanooga Speech and Hearing Center; Teddy Gentry's commitment to fundraising on behalf the DeKalb County Children's Advocacy Center; and Jeff Cook's contributions to the Helen DiStefano Breast Cancer Foundation and Camp Smile-a-Mile, for kids with cancer.


Supporting the Troops and Veterans
On March 23, 2004 ALABAMA was awarded the USO-Metro Washington Merit Award for their service of volunteerism and support of our Military. ALABAMA has volunteered through USO-Metro numerous times, visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed and injured troops at National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, honoring the memory of service members at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery by participating in the "Laying of the Wreath" ceremony, and allocating time during their concerts to recognize the sacrifice of service members and their families. ALABAMA gave a special military tribute to U.S. service men and women on August 24, 2003 at their farewell tour concert held at Nissan Pavilion in Washington, DC. ALABAMA lead vocalist Randy Owen led the band in an emotional rendition of "America the Beautiful" after military personnel wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq were called on stage and introduced to the audience.


Following their performance ALABAMA was honored with the USO Rising Star Award and the Pentagon 9/11 Medallion for their continued support of our men and women in uniform. Presenting the awards were Florida Congressman Bill Young, former Chairman of the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and West Virginia Congressman Alan Mollohan, also a member of the House Appropriations Committee. ALABAMA continued to recognize service men and women who were in attendance at the band's American Farewell Tour Concerts nationwide.

www.TheAlabamaBand.com


Ayla Brown—Country Artist

Ayla Brown performing at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan
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Ayla Brown performing at the Grand Ole Opry
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Photo by Michael Sparks Keegan

Ayla Brown with the Marines on her Armed Forces Entertainment tour in Spain
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Photo by Michael Sparks Keegan

Ayla Brown at a glance may seem to be an average young adult. Hold that glance for more than a moment, and meet a young, diligent, and aspiring woman. Driven by her own determination and core values instilled upon her by loving parents, United States Senator Scott Brown, and television reporter, Gail Huff, she has pursued a diverse range of endeavors over the past few years.


Ayla's dedication to the American troops is inspiring. In November of 2012, Ayla released her sophomore country patriotic-inspired album titled, Heroes and Hometowns. All songs were recorded at CURB Studios in Nashville, TN, and a portion of the first two-thousand CD's benefited a military non-profit based out of Massachusetts called, Hugs for Heroes, Inc. In November of 2013, Ayla presented the charity with a donation of $5,000.00 live on FOX25 in Boston. “Pride of America” is the first single off the album and is available on all digital retailers, including iTunes and the entire Heroes & Hometowns album can be purchased on Ayla’s website, www.aylabrown.com.


Ayla doesn't just sing about patriotism, she bleeds red, white and blue. Ayla has traveled overseas on three different tours with Armed Forces Entertainment singing for our men and women in uniform. The first was in 2010 to Afghanistan and Kyrzakhstan. In December of 2013, she performed a Christmas tour across Spain, and in the summer of 2014, Ayla traveled to Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt for a July 4th tour. She has sung at countless military events in the past several years, including the USO's National Leadership Conference, The USO's Yellow Ribbon Integration Ceremony, a USO show with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and recently, she can be seen on tour with Concerned Veterans For America as one of their musical performers.
www.AylaBrown.com


Gretchen Wilson-- Country Artist

Gretchen Wilson touring at Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Photo Courtesy of Gretchen Wilson and Campbell Entertainment Group

To all appearances, Gretchen Wilson originally from Illinois, went overnight from talented obscurity to phenomenon. Her meteoric rise, the kind experienced by only a handful of artists in the past few decades, was that rare instance where talent and moment meet to form a cultural tidal wave.


Gretchen's ability to tailor songs as gorgeously rough-edged as she is, have given her the kind of "I am what I sing" originality few women in music history-- Loretta, Janis, Dolly and Cher chief among them--have ever been able to achieve.


Her first single, Redneck Woman, spent six weeks at #1. Her debut album, Here For The Party, sold more than five million copies... and spawned three more top 5 hits including, “Homewrecker,” “When I Think About Cheatin’,” and the title track, “Here For The Party.”


Her second CD, All Jacked Up, saw four more hit songs like “California Girls,” “I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today,” and “Politically Uncorrect” (featuring Merle Haggard) ride enthusiastic reviews to platinum status, and her third record, One of the Boys, solidified her position as one of contemporary music’s most original and multi-faceted female artists.


She has won across-the-board awards including ACM’s, CMA’s, AMA’s, Billboard’s, and is a Grammy winner, and nine-time nominee. Her first book, the autobiographical “Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life,” landed her on the prestigious New York Times Best Seller List.


Gretchen left her original label home in July 2009 and launched her own label Redneck Records two months later. Gretchen produced her first album, I Got Your Country Right Here, with John Rich and Blake Chancey. It hit stores in March 2010 and debuted at #6 on the album chart. “Work Hard, Play Harder” and the Grammy nominated “I’d Love To Be Your Last” were among other tracks listed. "When it comes to my career," she says, "I get involved on a personal level in everything that counts. I'm involved in the writing, recording, producing, mixing, merchandising, and promoting of the music, as well as the touring side, and I couldn’t be happier about it”.


Beyond career and family, Gretchen has maintained an active charitable role, performing in clubs and small theaters to raise money for organizations like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Children's Miracle Network. She is an advocate to help spotlight the funding needs of adult education programs and the adults on waiting lists hoping to further their education. She has spoke to a Congressional subcommittee about the need for continued funding and has been awarded the National Coalition for Literacy Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to improving literacy and raising awareness of adult literacy in the United States.


No stranger to supporting our service members she is a member of the “Boot Campaign” an organization that supports our troops and in 2011 performing in a show with Big and Rich they both donated 100% of the proceeds to “Operation Finally Home” which provides home for disabled veterans and widows of fallen soldiers.
 www.GretchenWilson.com


Shuggah Pies--- Country Artists

The Shuggah Pies
Photo Courtesy of Stella Cadente Entertainment and The Shuggah Pies
Photo Credit Anthony Scarlati

The Shuggah Pies visit the Air Force 376th Air Expeditionary Wing at Manas International Airport, Kyrgyz Republic, supporting U.S. and ISAF operations in Afghanistan. This base was known at the gateway to Afghanistan.
Photo Courtesy of Stella Cadente Entertainment and The Shuggah Pies

These southern songbirds bring together the classic rock they were raised on with the country music they fell in love with resulting in a beautiful combination of feisty sweetness all laced together with bone-chilling family harmonies. They have made a home for themselves in Nashville, devoting their time to writing, performing and continuing to evolve as musicians and artists in the process. These sister’s have spent their entire lives playing together and there is truly no comparison.


The Shuggah Pies are active supporters of the US Military, they have traveled overseas to the middle east on several occasions to visit with and perform for the troops. Aside from their trips overseas they have also performed several military events stateside including "Pop Goes the Fort" the Fourth of July Celebration at Fort Bliss and the "We Salute You Celebration" on the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. In addition to their Military support, The trio has hit the road with the likes of Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, David Nail, Jana Kramer, Chase Rice and others.


The Grascals--- Country Artists

The Grascals
Photo Courtesy of Ontourage Management and The Grascals

Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, whose members hale from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years.


Their cutting edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.


Supporters of our troops among other things they performed at pre-Super Bowel XLV bash called Aces and Angels with rock legend Gene Simmons of KISS and others, an event that benefited the Wounded Warriors Project.


Shanna Jackman-- Country Artist

Shanna Jackman
Photo by Madeline Johns---Courtesy of Shanna Jackman

At first glance, Shanna Jackman seems like the typical “girl next door.” But when you see her take the stage you see that she is also a fierce and commanding performer!


With a signature style that blends rock and soul with country-flavored songs, Shanna Jackman captivates her audiences with powerful vocals and high energy performances.


Music was always a part of Shanna's life. Humming and singing along to commercials while playing in the living room, she was always putting on a show for her family. She began writing and recording with a few different bands after college before forming the country cover band Not in Kansas in 2009. After several years of success with the band, she began her solo career by releasing her self titled debut EP in 2013.


Shanna has had the opportunity to open for artists such as Ronnie Dunn, Blake Shelton, Sara Evans, Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Darryl Worley, Lee Brice, Collin Raye, Jo-Dee Messina, and Steve Azar. She has performed the National Anthem for the Boston Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics, Revolution and many other numerous charity, Military and sporting events. When discussing her accomplishments she says, “I have so much to be thankful for. I have really been blessed so much in my life and have had some amazing experiences. But, what still gets to me are the smaller things, like performing the National Anthem for our troops.”


Writing music about life experience, like on her newest single, “In My Truck,” is the only thing that makes sense. “I can’t write about what other people have gone through, because I didn’t walk in their shoes. I wouldn’t know how they truly felt. I can only write about my experiences, good or bad. It’s what I know, and hopefully, someone else can relate to it too.”


Breaking into country music in the rock-heavy New England scene is never easy, but Shanna Jackman is “a force to be reckoned with, and quite possibly, the next great country singer.” When you see her perform, you will feel that force.
 www.ShannaJackman.com


BRIAN DAVIS – Country Artist

Brian Davis
Photo Courtesy of Dixie Owen of All The Buzz LLC and Brian Davis

Brian Davis has been a student of country music since he was six years old, growing up in rural North Carolina and watching his father and grandfather play the honky-tonks all across his home state. By age eight he was on the road with them, tuning their guitars. His passion eventually led him to Nashville where he would begin the “apprenticeship” of a lifetime: he began working with and learning from songwriting legend Harlan Howard. Davis honed his craft and continued to hit the road and build a solid, loyal fan base with his live show. Davis has recorded a total of six albums and released them on his own including his current album UNDER THE INFLUENCE.


Brian isn’t one to push himself or his music on someone. It just isn’t his style. Fortunately, what is his style is writing great rockers and party anthems full of hot screaming guitar, booming bass and thumping drums.


On the other hand, his style is also writing emotive ballads laden with picturesque lyrics that twist and turn phrases to carry the listener on a musical journey of their own or Brain’s life. Those are best interpreted by Brian’s pure masculine baritone and an acoustic guitar.


Brian is joining Brantley Gilbert’s “Let It Ride Tour” this fall having previously toured with Brantley on his “Hell On Wheels Tour” in 2012 and 2013. He co-wrote four songs on Brantley’s current #1 selling album Just As I Am including “Lights Of My Hometown,” “Read Me My Rights,” “One Hell of an Amen,” and “My Baby’s Guns & Roses.”


Brian has been on a career high the past two years. He just received news that he will have a cut called “Too Much You For Me” on Jason Aldean’s upcoming new album. He spent early 2013 opening for Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore on Gilbert's "Hell On Wheels Tour” and then immediately hit the road joining Aaron Lewis for the “2013 Jägermeister Country Tour.” Brian signed a publishing deal in late 2013 with Warner/Chappell Music Nashville and its publishing partner, Brantley Gilbert’s Write or Die Music. He has written songs cut by not only Brantley Gilbert but Curb recording artist Lee Brice (“More My Style”), Sony Music newcomer Tyler Farr (“Wish I Had A Boat”), Jerrod Niemann (“Space”) and Gretchen Wilson (“Crazy”) among others.
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