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UNITED STATIONS RADIO NETWORKS
INTRODUCES “SERVING YOUR COUNTRY”
Weekly 2-Hour Country Music Show is the First National Radio Program Dedicated to Saluting Men and Women in Uniform
US-99.5’s Ramblin’ Ray Stevens to Host
Singer-Songwriter Laura Bryna to Serve as Correspondent
United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., (USRN) an independent leader in the creation and marketing of network radio programming, produces and distributing a new Country Music program called SERVING YOUR COUNTRY that will mix the Contemporary Country format with coverage of the activities in the realm of the U.S. military abroad and first responders at home. SERVING YOUR COUNTRY will be a music-intensive, 2-hour weekly program anchored by the award-winning morning man from WUSN/Chicago (US-99.5), Ray Stevens, also known as “Ramblin’ Ray.” The announcement came from USRN’s EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark at the company’s headquarters in New York City.
Singer-songwriter Laura Bryna will join Ray Stevens for several segments per week on Serving Your Country to deliver requests, the “Letters from Home” and other listener interaction on the show. Laura has extensive experience providing entertainment and moral support for our troops and their families. She is a celebrity spokesperson for the U.S. Air National Guard as well as The National Guard Youth Foundation, a group that works with at-risk youth. Laura has been on a number of military bases and donned a uniform herself to go airborne in an F-16 fighter jet. The Maryland native released her debut album, titled Trying to Be Me in 2008, and that same year, released the song “Hometown Heroes,” which has become a popular anthem at her many appearances at various military functions. Laura Bryna continues to write and record, and while she has a new album on the way and loves the glitz and glamour of entertaining, she is especially gratified when called upon to perform for military personnel. More
Sunday night, a select group of jazz lovers were treated to the debut of recording artist Laura Bryna’s forway into jazz with an intimate performace at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz. While playing to the packed house which included the legendary Tom Jones in the crowd, Bryna was also named honorary co-national spokesperson for the WIAFF for her exceptional philanthropic work with the military to round out the exciting evening. Click here for more photos by Inae Bloom and tag yourself and your friends!
During her Performance at Vibrato Grill Jazz on Sunday 12th January
Renowned singer/songwriter and military philanthropist, Laura Bryna was named the new co-national spokesperson for the Wounded in Action Family Foundation (WIAFF). WIAFF’s CEO Warren Elliott made the announcement during Laura’s stellar jazz performance at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz on Sunday 12th January. To commemorate the occasion, Annin Flags, this country’s oldest flag manufacturer and supporter of the WIAFF, presented Laura with the American flag which was flown on the US Army base in Afghanistan on September 11 2011.
”I am so excited and honored to be the co-national spokesperson for the Wounded In Action Family Foundation” said Laura of the announcement. “According to some reports, there are approximately 1.2 million of our military in harm’s way throughout the world keeping us safe so we can live our lives in freedom and fulfill our dreams. They sacrifice time away from their families, risk their lives, and if wounded, spend untold amounts of time rehabilitating in hospitals around the world.”
“We cannot abandon these brave men and women in their time of need. Our help and the type of support offered by the WIAFF afford these brave men and women and their families the financial assistance they need to transition back into civilian life.”
Laura’s performance at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz was the first to showcase her new, jazzier musical style. She performed jazz classics such as “Big Spender”, “Man of the Hour” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” to a full house of jazz enthusiasts including the legendary Tom Jones! As part of her collaboration with WIAFF, Laura will be performing this set in a series of shows at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas in early 2014.
Joining her last night and for her Vegas residency, will be her band of seasoned instrumentalists, who collectively, have worked with all of today’s superstars! Loren Gold will take the lead as Musical Director and Pianist. Gold currently works with artists such as The Who, Roger Daltrey, and Kenny Logins and has worked as Musical Director and consultant for young artists such as Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Mandy Moore and Hilary Duff. On Drums we have Randy Cook who most recently toured with Ringo Starr, Five For Fighting, Mick Jagger, Selena Gomez, and Kelly Clarkson. And on Percussion is one of modern music’s most accomplished percussionists Ramon Yslas. Electric and Acoustic Jazz guitar is played by Andrew Doolittle, who has toured with Patti Page, Rita Wilson, Katrina Carlson, The Houston Symphony Orchestra and many other great Jazz artists both on their live tours and on their musical CD projects. Eric Holden on Electric and Stand Up Acoustic Bass, has worked with Platinum artists Shakira, Josh Groban, Vertical Horizon and Five For Fighting. Last but not least, Donald Hayes on the Saxophone, Clarinet and other Wind Instruments. Hayes has played or recorded with artists including; Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Philip Bailey, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, James Brown, Jamie Foxx, Black Eye Peas, Chaka Kahn, and Queen Latifah.
Presented by Bullets 4 Peace, The Art of Peace Event will be the kick-off of a series of events around the U.S set to raise awareness and funds for the Sheriff’s Department Program Gift for Guns.
Gif for Guns is an initiative aimed at collecting all illegal firearms from our streets by offering citizens the opportunity to bring in illegal firearms during a grace period to designated collection stations, and in return receieve gift certificates. Those who participate in the prgoram are not legalled pursued for the possession of illegal firearms.
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GIFF is a non-profit organization, mission is to preserve the stories of American GI’s through film, television and gaming; to educate the public about veteran issues. The GI Film Festival is like no other military non-profit organization you have ever encountered. Not only does GIFF serve a critical chairtable purpose- preserving the stories of veterns and helping veterans find success in entertainment- but through its weekly television series reaching every active duty GI around the globe, high-level militay media partners and high-wattage celebrity and VIP-driven events, GIFF has an unparalled reach into the military and miltary family communities.
Of course Laura has a lot of experience providing entertainment and moral support for our troops and their families. Laura will be attending and singing at this great event.
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Hollywood’s “Philhellenes” (a Greek word used to describe ‘admirers of Greece’), came out to support and raise awareness as well as much needed funds for Greek NGO PRAKSIS, which is dedicated to assisting the homeless in Greece, among its many humanitarian focused programs. The main goal for PRAKSIS is to combat the social and economic exclusion of socially vulnerable groups, and to defend their basic civil and social rights.
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The Columbia Club, Columbian Veteran’s Association and the President of the PGA Ted Bishop present The Patriot Shootout- Indiana’s Charity Golf Tournamnet and Black Tie Gala benefiting the Folds of Honor Foundation September 13th-14th, 2013. The Folds of Honor Foundation is committed to serving the families of our military heroes. Their vision is for every spouse and child of a wounded or fallen service member to have the opportunity to pursue higher education with the gift of a four year college scholarship.
The charity golf event will take place on September 13th at 10 a.m. and will encompass 27 rounds of premium golf at The Legends Golf Course in Franklin, Indiana. The Black Tie Gala will be September 14th at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Club. Laura will headline the event! The Gala will feature Folds of Honor scholarship recipeints, and we will present the Folds of Honor with a check to fund more scholarships.
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Three days, all premieres
The 168 Film Festival is the crown jewel of the 168 Film year, where the filmmaker is the star. It’s a glitzy red carpet affair held in L.A. with over 2000 tickets sold annually. Filmmakers vie for over 20 categories of artistic and technical merit. The 168 Film Festival showcases the work of thousands of artists from many different countries. This year’s annual gala event promises higher stakes, more stars and more excitement then ever before.
Laura was so proud to honor our military with her song “Hometown Heroes” at the WIAFF Homeward Bound Heroes concert at the Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland this past week. Honoring our troops along with Laura were host, Larry King, Entertainers Nathan Osmond, Lonestar, Crossin Dixon, Sara Darling, Angel Taylor, and other notibles in the music industry.
Laura was very proud to be apart of this effort to raise funds for Wounded In Action Family Foundations, Homeward Bound Heroes.
‘Homeward Bound Heroes’ at The Music Center at Strathmore by Lauren Katz
The Wounded in Action Family Foundation (WIAFF) has made it their mission to help wounded war veterans integrate back into their home lives. Last night, they held Homeward Bound Heroes, a fundraiser concert to help raise money for that purpose. Larry King, the host of the event, informed the audience that the goal of the evening was to entertain, educate, and hopefully inspire us to personally help wounded soldiers. After my incredible evening at Strathmore, I would say that the eight talented performers of Homeward Bound Heroes helped accomplish that goal. Everything in the concert revolved around the ideas of America and inspiration, right down to the beautiful stage design. The lighting reflected red, white, and blue, as well as white stars, onto white curtains on the sides of the stage. There was also a large projector screen on the back wall that was cleverly used to play videos of injured veterans. While some of the footage was difficult to watch, the videos brilliantly helped enforce the message of the concert. For example, one of the videos portrayed a woman who acquired a heart condition while serving over seas. Her illness made living a normal life extremely difficult, until WIAFF came to her aid. One of the most moving moments of the evening was when the video ended and a spotlight moved to a woman in the audience. The woman in the video had attended the concert, and received a standing ovation for her service to our country. Moments like this helped provide a good pace for the concert. Rather than just showcasing a series of performers, there were multiple speakers like Chaplin Mike Hoyt, Arnold Fields, and Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown, who would share first hand accounts of what they had witnessed in the conflict areas. One of Hoyt’s points that affected me personally was that he had never known a soldier who asked for sympathy or pity. His speech was towards the beginning of the event, and set up the tone for the rest of the performance. The mix of speakers, videos, and performers, helped ensure that the concert did not lag from too much of one medium, but also created different ways to inspire, which was the main goal of the evening. To begin the performance, representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard walked onto the stage, followed by another solider carrying the American flag. Tenor Antonio Guiliano then wowed us with his gorgeous rendition of the National Anthem. The ceremony was incredibly moving, and immediately inspired me through its beauty, which set up a positive tone for the rest of the concert. The performances that followed took a different approach to the goal of inspiration, but were not any less impressive. Each of the performers dedicated their numbers to their personal heroes, whether that was a soldier or someone who simply had a major impact on them. While all of the performers were extremely talented in their own way, a few in particular stood out. Laura Bryna’s powerful voice took over the concert hall. She dedicated her song, “Hometown Heroes” to her hero: her co-writer who recently passed away. The song was upbeat, and her excitement on that stage made her a joy to watch. The Grammy Award-winning performers of Lonestar were simply fantastic.They performed soem of their big hits including “I’m Already There,” “Walking in Memphis,” and “Amazed.” Not only were they talented musicians who were clearly passionate about their music, but also, they were by far the most engaging group that we had witnessed at this point. They made jokes in between numbers and invited the audience to sing along to their more famous songs like “Walking in Memphis,” which seemed to bring them down to our level. Eliminating the barrier between performer and audience member helped emphasize the idea that we are all unified under the same nationality, and therefore, we should all help support those who protect our country. I did not think anyone could quite live up to Lonestar’s great performance, but Nathan Osmond proved me wrong ending the concert with a bang, by singing songs from his new album entitled Homeward Bound Heroes. He explained that he personally felt for the troops because both his father and grandfather had served for our country, and his passion for the cause radiated out of his performance. His first song was upbeat, and his dancing along to the music made it clear that he was having a blast on that stage. I loved watching his performance, and was especially impressed when he infused an equal amount of emotion into his second song of the evening – the patriotic and heartwarming “Stars and Stripes.” In one of the videos projected onto the screen, Billy Dean sent a message to the war veterans: “You’ve been there for us, now it’s our turn to be there for you.” This quote perfectly summed up the concert as a whole, and connected to Osmond’s last number entitled “America.” He invited the audience to clap along, but also had all of the other performers to come on stage and sing along with him during the chorus. This created a brilliant end to the concert. Both the upbeat song and Dean’s quote united everyone in the concert hall under a common goal: to support America and its troops. Running Time: 90 minutes. Homeward Bound Heroes played one-night only on May 22, 2013 at The Music Center at Strathmore – 5301 Tuckerman Lane, in North Bethesda, MD. For future events, check their calendar.