Award-winning Artists Host Songwriting Workshop to Give Wounded Soldiers a Voice, Perform at Western US 9/11 Event

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Three acclaimed singer songwriters from Nashville, TN and Austin, TX will lead a weekend songwriting retreat for wounded soldiers in Vail, CO from July 28-31. Selected songs will be performed, recorded and available for download and/or purchase after 9/11 Faces of Freedom event, sponsored by LifeQuest Transitions.

Songs of America’s soldiers will soon be heard as three acclaimed singer songwriters from Austin, TX and Nashville, TN participate in a songwriting retreat for wounded soldiers in Vail, Colorado from July 28 – 31. The musicians will work individually and as a group with soldiers who have been brought together by event sponsors, LifeQuest Transitions, a Colorado Springs non-profit who offers a variety of transition programs for soldiers and their families. Songs from the retreat will be performed at the Faces of Freedom event to be held on 9/11 at the World Arena in Colorado Springs. Selected songs will likely be available for download after the 9/11 event and eventually available for purchase on a commemorative CD. Proceeds will benefit military families and LifeQuest Transitions' programs. The event seeks to encourage creative expression in the soldiers and build awareness of many issues facing them, their fellow wounded soldiers, their families and communities today.

The musicians have been gathered by acclaimed Austin singer-songwriter and recording artist, Darden Smith, founder of The Be An Artist Program* which provides creativity workshops in a variety of settings. Smith, whose recent release "Marathon" reveals the depth of his poetic artistry, will be joined by Radney Foster, with whom he co-wrote the powerful song Angel Flight, a profound tribute to the pilots who fly fallen soldiers home for burial -- watch the video of the making here: Foster’s hit list is vast, as are his awards as a solo artist and with the mega hit producing duo Foster and Lloyd. His songs have been recorded by: Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, the Dixie Chicks, and many others. Jay Clementi, another Nashville favorite with a colorful creative streak, wraps up the talented trio.

Along with songwriting assistance, the musicians will share stories from their own experiences – on and off the stage. LifeQuest Transitions Founder, CW Conner, and staff will be on hand to incorporate their signature outdoor adventure exercises and life skills instruction. Much of the retreat will be documented in film and print. Video clips will be shown at the 9/11 Faces of Freedom event.

The Faces of Freedom event will include:
o     Video Documentary – Special video footage of our wounded warriors sharing personal experiences through music, facilitated by professional singers/song writers**.
o     Medal of Honor Display
o    Personal stories of veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam
o    Families of fallen soldiers
o    A look at our communities and some of the programs that have evolved to provide transitional support, education, and awareness campaigns for our service members
o    A matter-of-fact look at the effects of invisible wounds; this will act as the launch for a national awareness campaign called Mission7

Music – Featured Performers
o    Wounded Warrior Music – songs composed and (possibly) performed by soldiers
o    **Radney Foster (Angel Flight Video) – multi award winning artist
o    *Darden Smith – acclaimed musician, founder of The Be An Artist Program, Soldier Songwriting Project
… and some special surprises – more details to come!

Faces of Freedom Ceremony will combine a large presence of our military’s future, present, and past service members with a special Passing the Guidon from the “Greatest Generation” to the Next.

o    50 Re-enlistment (Active Duty)
o    100 Future Soldiers (New Enlistment)
o    100 Greatest Generation (All Conflicts)
o    100 Families of the fallen
o    250 Wounded Warriors
o    First Responders (Police, Fire and Emergency)
o    Community Leaders (50 Key community leaders from across the country)

o    Video from the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff
o    Local and State leaders
o    Multiple Military leaders from all branches

Open Event Details
Date Sunday September 11, 2011 Proposed Time: 4-7PM

LifeQuest Transitions is a 501C3 Non-Profit organization which utilizes empowerment programs to transition our wounded, ill, or injured American soldiers via techniques that facilitate personal growth, leadership skills and positive change. The program incorporates physical training with high adrenaline adventure sports (mtn. biking, white water boating, rappelling, high ropes, orienteering, etc.) as a platform combined with a structured curriculum and measured outcomes.

6125 Omaha Blvd
Colorado Springs, Co. 80915
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  • The Be An Artist Program was created by Darden Smith in 2003 as a way to encourage students of every age to see themselves as creative — and to use that creativity to do whatever they love to do. He customizes the program to fit a variety of audiences and needs. For more information go to:

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