The USO is celebrating its 75th Anniversary September 9-11, with heartfelt performances from country music icon John Anderson and Reviver Entertainment Group recording artist Erica Nicole.
The artists are teaming up during the 6th Annual Clayton Country Jam, which will also be streamed live via livestream.com and can be viewed HERE. All online proceeds from the event, which will be held at the Thousand Island Winery, will go directly to the USO.
In addition to John Anderson and Erica Nicole’s performances, other artists lending their voice through video messages in support of the USO, on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, will include Big & Rich, Sam Hunt, Lee Brice, Colt Ford and Trailer Choir. (Check out the video here).
The three-day comedy and country music festival takes place September 9-11. The dates are in conjunction with the 15th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks and will honor our nation’s first responders and service members. Don’t miss as Anderson performs his biggest hits, along with songs from his critically-acclaimed album “Goldmine”, which includes the infectious military tribute, “Freedom Isn’t Free.”
Through the magic of the Internet we are able to broadcast worldwide, pay tribute to the service members and first responders, and raise money for the USO while watching John Anderson belt out some beautiful songs. Even the darkest of dark clouds have silver linings. On a date marked with tragedy we still can do positive things for so many. Past Clayton Country Jams have raised funds for local charities such as TI Youth Hockey, Clayton Youth Commission, Clayton Food Pantry, and the TI Select Vocal Ensemble. Now we get a chance to give to an organization that serves worldwide. A great thing to do as we remember the tragic events.” said “Mac” MacFarlane, founder of the Clayton Country Jam.
A portion of the Clayton Country Jam will be broadcast live on the American Forces Network to an estimated 500,000 troops. The satellite feed is transmitted to 174 territories on U.S. Military installations located on U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate compounds overseas and more than 140 U.S. Naval Ships at sea operating outside U.S. territorial waters.
Anderson plowed through the ebbs and flows of country music (and the country music business) throughout the ’80s, and in the early 1990s engineered one of the greatest “comeback” runs (he never really left) in the history of the genre. Seminole Wind, released on BNA, produced hit singles in “Straight Tequila Night,” “When It Comes To You,” “Money in the Bank,” and the stirring title cut. The latter would have never been released had Anderson not stuck to his guns, a familiar refrain throughout his career as the artist has wound his way through virtually all of Nashville’s major labels. Learn more at johnanderson.com.
Erica Nicole’s first two Country Radio hits (“I Listen To My Bad Girl,” “It’s Comin’ Down”) broke the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart’s Top 20, and propelled the Georgia native to national prominence in the process. Nicole’s third hit, “I’m Making Mine” went Top 10 on MusicRow Country Breakout Chart making her the first Independent Country female artist to conquer 3 consecutive Top 20 Records. Learn more at ericanicolemusic.com.