Songwriting With Soldiers: Veterans to attend live PBS taping in Nashville

A powerful night of music


Award-winning songwriters, Veterans and service members will come together to share music at the Songwriting With Soldiers concert on Thursday, Aug. 1, at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium.

The concert will feature musicians performing original songs shared by nonprofit organization Songwriting With Soldiers. Performers include Bonnie Bishop, Gary Burr, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Radney Foster, Mary Gauthier, James House, Will Kimbrough, Georgia Middleman, Gary Nicholson, Maia Sharp and Darden Smith.

Photo courtesy of Stacy Powell

Their songs have been recorded by the likes of Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, Emmylou Harris, Fleetwood Mac, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, John Prine and Ringo Starr.

This performance shines a light on two important things – the power of music to help us connect, and the need to listen to today’s veterans and military families. These are the war stories of our times, and they have much to teach us,” said Songwriting With Soldiers co-founder Mary Judd.

Many Veterans struggle with reintegration. Songwriting With Soldiers holds weekend retreats across the country, pairing service members with professional songwriters to craft songs about their experiences in combat and coming home. The creative songwriting process is life-changing for participants as it offers a unique outlet to tell their stories, rebuild trust, release pain and forge new bonds.

The one-hour television special, “Songwriting With Soldiers,” will premiere nationally in prime time on PBS on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at 10 p.m. (check local listings).

The program, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will be taped for national broadcast on PBS this fall.

Tickets are on sale now for $20 to the general public and are free to active military, Veterans and their families. Tickets are available only at

This collaboration of Songwriting With Soldiers, PBS and WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS is produced by Todd Jarrell Productions and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) with additional underwriting from Sweetwater Music Instruments and Pro Audio.

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Brett Robbins

Brett Robbins is an Army Veteran serving as a communications specialist detailed to Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Experience Office.


  1. Master    

    Interesting, that good

  2. Bradley P. McClellan    

    Greetings, My name is Pastor Bradley McClellan. I am an Outreach Music Ministry Pastor. I travel around the United States and entertain folks at Senior Living Facilities, Memory Care and many facilities for people who can’t go out into the world because of health issues. I have played several time at the VA Milwaukee at the convalescent floor. Played the VA in Union Grove, Wi. I am a 100% disabled Navy Vet and I love giving to those who have served our country. I play everything from Originals, Contemporary Christian, Country, Rock and 50’s/60’s music. I play for free because the VA Benefit allows me to give back. I am available to play where ever, so please call me and set up a play date. My number is (815) 970-1424. I have played at Opry Mills Mall, Bluebird Cafe and Loves Coffee House in Nashville. I have a sound trac link: (redacted)
    I have a Face Book Page: Word Of God Speak Ministry and Word Of Good Speak Music Ministry .

  3. Lisa A. Ducharme    

    I can’t make it to Nashville, but I need help writing a song! If anyone wants to help me, please let me now.. It is for our military. I have all the information, but I have no idea how to write a song..

  4. Tom Morris    

    My name is Tom Morris, a US NAVY SUBMARINE Veteran. In 2003 my group “3 UP” produced an Album of 12 songs relating to NASCAR and Motorcycle Legends! Our last two songs added to the the “CRANK IT UP” are “Wheels with Fire” our NASCAR offering and “Rock My Throttle” about a Couple who found Romance on an evening Ride! You can check it out on Amazon Music Albums ( 3 UP – Crank it Up) and ( 3-Up – Motorcycle Legends)
    I would love to be a part of this event!

  5. Donnie Morrow    

    I wrote a song in 2006 called in the sky Aaron Tippmann wanted it but I told him no I would love for someone to put it to music.I live in Indiana and I will not have the opportunity to visit Nashville. I also have another one that I wrote on 9/11 when I was in the Navy called Im from a place

  6. Regina Pargo    

    I’m a desert storm Army Veteran. I’ve written many songs, but one song of mine I would really like people to hear, is about how much God loves them. Many people forget about God, then wonder why there’s so much chaos in the world. If we just rely on Him, we can start the healing process.

  7. Gary Shweid    

    Too bad you can’t include Terry Kelly “A pittance of time” and J.P Cormier, ” Hometown Battlefield”
    Two Canadians who wrote and recorded two VERY poignant songs about Veterans.

    Looking forward to the concert – on TV – Cannot make it back to Nashville.
    USAF 66-73

  8. Teresa Wetzel    

    My dad served in Korea &wrote a song about it and has lots of stories he has told all of my life. I have written some of these down & I would love for someone to talk with him or listen to the song or whatever. He is 88 now & has dementia but he still cries &talks about things that happened &he still sings the song. I believe it would be worth the time. How do I go about something like this! Thanks &God bless!

  9. Tania Lewis    

    My wife Tania Lewis, a Navy veteran co-wrote a song with Joseph Berkeley Manuel called the “The Call,” would be great to perform at the event.

  10. Novel Feron Harris    

    My name is novel Harris I go by Juney Mac, I am a us veteran. I wrote a song about the army and what i experienced. It’s called fallen soliders look it up on YouTube, I also made a video to go along with it.

    I would love for it to be heard by many people, that would fullfill my dreams! Thank you!

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