The Salvation Army has been blessed by strong support from Music City USA, the home of many incredible artists from every genre of music. Throughout the year we provide many opportunities for musicians, singers and songwriters to donate their time and talent toward our many programs and it is such a joy each and every time! We have also had artists compose songs just for us such as Mersaides Soules and Valory Music Co. Recording Artist Jimmy Wayne, who penned “Paper Angels”, which is about our Angel Tree program. Jimmy was a recipient of the program when he was a child and to this day is involved with not only The Salvation Army here in Nashville but in his home state of North Carolina as well.
We are very grateful for the dedication exemplified by Muzik Mafia member “Mista D” Damien Horne who for the past several years has led Praise and Worship at our local Salvation Army Corps (church) and donates his time to various Salvation Army fundraisers and events, when he isn’t opening for such big names as Robert Randolph, John Cruz, Kid Rock, the Neville Brothers, Bon Jovi, Velvet Revolver, Shemekia Copeland, Hank Williams Jr., Dwight Yoakam, Robinella, Bettye Lavette and Keith Urban.
Just recently Broken Bow Recording artist Dean Brody stopped by and helped us feed the homeless under the Jefferson Street bridge during our weekly “Soup Wagon” on Friday nights. Dean thoroughly enjoyed cooking and serving the food on board our mobile disaster feeding unit (canteen) and most importantly enjoyed talking with the men and women being served; connecting with them and empathizing with their various situations. Dean said it was a great experience and looks forward to other ways he can give back to his community!
For the past 2 years, The Salvation Army has been the beneficiary for two Songwriter’s Benefit Concerts during the Christmas season. The “Serving Angels” concert is hosted by Jack Scott and Amanda Grieves and in the past has featured David Lee, Wynn Varble, Pete Sallis and James Slater. The second concert “Scrooge Review”, hosted by Amanda Williams has featured Ralph Murphy, Peter McCann, Tony Haselden, Doug Johnson and Mark Collie.
We are grateful to all of our fellow musicians who have felt led to be a part of the mission and we look forward to many musical opportunities in the future!