Kellie Pickler‘s latest video might look familiar to long-time fans of the USO. The three-time USO tour participant and country music singer “chose a 1940s era USO theme to bring “Makin’ Me Fall in Love Again” to life,” as revealed by the Charlotte Observer earlier this month. Pickler has visited the Persian Gulf and other locations in support of the military, and her USO tours are always a huge hit.
This video had its world premiere on GAC just days ago. You can also check out the video diary from her first USO tour on her GAC Artist Page. But first…check out the “Makin Me Fall in Love Again” music video below – and keep an eye out for the USO banner in the background!
“When I was asked by the USO to perform as part of the closing ceremonies for the 2010 Warrior Games, I didn’t have to think about my answer. I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to honor our wounded warriors. What they sacrifice, they sacrifice for us all and anything I can do to say thank you and to let them know that we appreciate them and support them in their recovery, I will. Performing for them was an honor and something that I will always treasure.” – John Rich.
Rich recently performed an exclusive USO concert for over 500 country music fans during the closing ceremonies of the first-ever Warrior Games. The Games were held in Colorado Springs, CO, and hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Department of Department of Defense. Rich has a history of supporting the Troops; this was the second USO tour, having gone out in 2005 as part of the country music duo Big and Rich to Germany and Iraq.
Before the concert, Rich visited with Troops at the USO center in Fort Carson and performed an acoustic set. When he later took the stage at Arnold Hall Theater at the U.S. Air Force Academy, we was joined by three wounded heroes from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The warriors are participants in Musicorps, an intensive music rehabilitation program founded and run by composer Arthur Bloom that aids healing and improves quality of life during long and difficult periods of recovery.
Bloom had this to say about the experience: “When John Rich and the USO suggested bringing wounded warriors from Musicorps onto the stage with him for this event, we were thrilled, as were the soldiers. Musicorps is an intensive music rehab program that improves quality of life and aids healing during long and difficult periods of recovery. As SGT Nicholas Firth commented, “it gives us a piece of us back.” It is an honor to bring SGT Firth, and two other wounded warriors – one who picked up a guitar for the first time at Walter Reed and never put it down – to perform with John Rich at this unprecedented event in order to share their inspirational accomplishment with a wider audience.”
The inaugural Warrior Games were a five-day athletic competition featured 200 wounded warriors, from all branches of the military, competing in seven sports. The sports featured during the games were shooting, swimming, archery, volleyball, cycling, track and field and basketball. John Rich recently released his first solo project “Son of a Preacher Man,” and debuted his first chart-topping solo single “Shuttin’ Detroit Down.” Check out more pics below!
Toby Keith may have concluded his eighth USO Tour, but the positive impact on the Troops continues. Check out audience reaction to Keith’s concert…
Toby Keith is criss-crossing the globe on his eighth USO tour and what a ride it’s been so far! The country music superstar recently tweeted “TK: Germany was awesome. Visited wounded soldiers. Some just arrived-never gets easier 2 see. Spirit of these humans remain ever vigilant.” We couldn’t agree more! Check out some photos from his stops in Germany…
“I’ve been traveling with the USO since 2002, and every year I look forward to spending time with the men and women who serve this great country. When I get on stage and look out into a crowd of uniforms, it gives me a great sense of pride to know that I am giving back to them.”
That’s what award-winning singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith had to say about his current four-country USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. He’s traveling to Korea, Germany and the Persian Gulf on his eighth USO tour. Since his first USO tour in 2002, Keith has traveled to more than 10 countries and entertained over 140,000 service men and women, many at small remote outposts.
Check out the latest pics from this tour and keep it tuned here for more Toby Keith news!