I’ll never forget the day when my little brother Jake, a husband and father of four children, told me that he was headed to Iraq. I was so concerned for him and his family. After witnessing his sense of duty, and watching his wife Jaime tend to their children with the responsibilities of two parents all on her own, I was inspired by the strength of the military family.
On December 23rd 2006, our family was together for our yearly Christmas dinner. We were all sitting around the table talking about how much we wished Jake could have been there, when Jaime’s phone rang. It was the military informing her that Jake had just been hit by a road side bomb and was in the hospital. The room fell silent. To this day, I will never forget the look of terror on Jaime’s face when she heard the news. My brother, Sgt. Jake Taylor, received two purple hearts while serving in Iraq in 2006 and is now home with his wife and children.
About the same time Jake was injured, Steve Kondor, a Nashville producer, called and said he had found the perfect song for me. He told me that it was a true story of a wife and mother whose husband was serving in Iraq. After hearing the story and the song, “Red, White And Blue Night In Georgia”, I just knew I had to sing it. I instantly felt such a strong connection, that I flew to Nashville and recorded it.
“Red, White And Blue Night In Georgia” will be featured on my new album as a dedication to all the men and women fighting for our freedom and to those at home supporting their efforts so courageously. In honor of the precious gifts of self these families extend, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hope For The Warriors™. This is an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for US Service Members and their families who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May
God bless you all.