A Letter of Recognition from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of England
February 23, 2011
For Immediate Release
Songs For Charlie Music
London, England- Songs For Charlie Music is very proud and honored to announce that Grammy nominee and singer-songwriter Celeste Friedman has received a special Letter of Recognition from the Official Office of Queen Elizabeth of England for Celeste's song, “The Son of A Soldier”.
Friedman penned the ballad in tribute to Sjt. John McAlese, who was tragically killed while on duty in the Sanjin District of Afghanistan in 2009. After discovering a story in the London Daily Mail, Ms. Friedman recalls seeing a photo of the widow and their baby son. “I needed to write the song for all of the sons and daughters of our fallen heroes”, states Friedman.
Although Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth does not involve her position directly in matters of the British military, she was pleased to learn of an American songwriter who would take the time to honor a soldier from the British Battalion, The Rifles.
“The Son of A Soldier” can be purchased and downloaded online on CDBaby and iTunes.
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The inspiration for this song came from the discovery of a story in London's Daily Mail. When I read about the death of Sjt. Paul McAlese and saw the photo of his widow and baby son Charley, it broke my heart. I composed the song for Charley and every son and daughter of our fallen heroes. Sjt. McAlese, serving with the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, was killed trying to save a fellow comrade while on foot patrol in the Sanjin District of Afghanistan.
"I think your recording of The Son of A Soldier is quite outstanding. It certainly pulls at all the heart strings. On behalf of the McAleese family, we thank you for this tribute."
. . . John Poole-Warren, Regimental Secretary, The Rifles