FRANKLIN, Tenn., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Veteran Artist Program (VAP) officially kicked off Operation: Artists in Action initiative with a CD produced by Nashville IMI music producer and writer Steve Ivey, 17 time # 1 Billboard with multi Emmy, Grammy, Dove and Tele winning awards.
The first two tracks recorded feature Iraq combat wounded Veteran artist Dale Beatty's five-member band -- Outlaw 21. Lead singer Eric Hartness, also a Veteran wrote and recorded "Foreign Land," about Beatty's experience in Iraq.
Outlaw 21 has been playing together since 1999. Beatty, a retired Army Staff Sergeant was injured in Iraq November 15, 2004 when the vehicle he was riding in hit two anti tank mines leaving him a double amputee below the knees. He played the drums with the band before deploying and taught himself to play the drums again with prosthetic legs, and uses no special equipment to aid him.
Celebrity Artists will be lending their support to Operation Artists in Action. Announcements will be made when agreements have been finalized.
The CD featuring additional Veteran artist songs and stories will be released this fall to raise funds to support the professional development of aspiring Veteran Artists. Individual songs from the album will be available to be directly downloaded from the VAP website
The mission of VAP is to foster, encourage and promote Veteran Artists.
The Veteran Artist Program was founded by Brian (BR) McDonald in 2009 in Baltimore, MD and has since conducted projects in New York City, Washington DC, Chicago and San Diego.
BR McDonald is an Army Veteran who served seven years as an Arabic linguist and Special Operator in the Joint Special Operations Command. He grew up in Taiwan, where he lived as a kid speaking Mandarin Chinese. Music was always part of his life. McDonald capped a lifetime of music performing by getting a vocal performance degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. After graduating and during a critical time where McDonald would make the biggest career decision of his life, the events of 9/11 occurred and BR knew it was time to be a part of something larger than him. McDonald enlisted in the Army despite having a college degree and spent two years learning Arabic preparing for some of the toughest assignments in the elite units of the military.
To learn more about the Veteran Artist Program contact BR McDonald via email or call 929-400-2719.
BR McDonald, Founder, VAP 929-400-2719
Vicki Thomas, Media Relations VAP 203-984-2138
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SOURCE Veteran Artist Program