Operation Song, a non-profit organization that pairs accomplished songwriters with Veterans to help them tell their stories through song, announces that Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Jeffrey Steele and Grammy winning songwriter, solo artist, and the voice of Creed Scott Stapp will headline Operation Song’s 10th Anniversary Show at The Franklin Theater on Monday, December 5, 2022. Hosted by Sirius XM The Highway’s Storme Warren, the evening of music and comedy is the organization’s first large-scale fundraiser in Music City and is planned to become an annual event moving forward. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased HERE.
Echoing the variety shows of the past, which entertained the troops overseas, the evening will include hit songwriters and Veterans performing songs from five eras of service, from WWII to Afghanistan. The audience of civilians, active-duty military, Veterans, and Gold Star families will enjoy a social hour, entertainment, and live and silent auctions, including a Bourbon raffle (premium bottles of Pappy Van Winkle, Weller, Blantons) which can be bid on from home HERE.
“If there was ever a show that demonstrates the healing power of music, this is it. From heartbreaking to humorous to sentimental, these songs, and the stories behind them, hit every note,” said Operation Song Founder & Grammy-nominated songwriter Bob Regan. “Bringing Nashville’s music and military communities together makes for an incredibly powerful presentation.”
Operation Song works with Veterans and family members across the country through the Department of Veterans Affairs, Warriors Heart, the USO and more. In sharing their experiences, participants often find clarity, resolution, and importantly, a way to describe powerful experiences to friends and family who support but have not served.
U.S. Navy Desert Storm Veteran & Operation Song’s Board President, Bob Leonard states, “For service members, discretion is as important as valor, so putting personal, visceral experiences into words can be a challenge. The songwriters we work with are true professionals who help translate Veterans’ stories of sacrifice, comradery, and loyalty into compelling, relatable songs.”
Proceeds from this, and other events around the country in 2023 (to be announced), will benefit Operation Song’s year-round work.