Happy New Year!!!
From all of us at DanielSmithMusic.net, here's wishing everyone a safe and peaceful Christmas season and a wonderful Happy New Year!
2012 will be the best year yet and Daniel has some exciting new music he can't wait to share with y'all!
Wishing all of America's Veterans a peaceful and blessed Veteran's Day. We love each and every one of you and thank you for your service in keeping America the land of the free and the home of the brave!
God bless you!
Here's a remastered version of the inspirational music video for Daniel's song, "I'm Going Home".
A great big congrats to our favorite country artist on getting married on Saturday! We wish Daniel all the love and hope for a forever marriage!
Let today be a reminder that freedom isn't easy, that it's hard won and defended with a very high price. America and Americans are very resilient and by God's grace we live in the greatest country in history, protected by those who cherish liberty above all. God bless and God bless the United States of America.
Here's wishing y'all a happy Independence Day!
Daniel has been writing songs for the new CD. We're expecting it sometime in late fall if everything stays on schedule,
Everyone here at DanielSmithMusic.net wishes you a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.
Please take a moment to remember those who have died in our nation's service and be thankful for the heroes that walk among us as well.
Daniel wrapped up a highly sucessful midwest radio tour, visiting Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas to name a few of the states he stopped in. The tour was in support of the single, "Until I Close My Eyes For Good". Thanks to all the fantastic radio folks!
Daniel Smith Launches Valentine Promotion For “Until I Close My Eyes For Good”
Singer/songwriter Daniel Smith is offering country radio stations a sweet Valentineʼs Day promotion built around his new romantic single, “Until I Close My Eyes For Good.”
Each participating station will get five giveaway copies of Smithʼs album, The EP, which features the single, and a chance to enroll their listeners for the grand prize, which includes two tickets to the 2011 CMA Music Festival, an acoustic concert and barbecue dinner for two at Smithʼs home, limousine transportation to and from the concert and dinner and a prize package of all Smithʼs albums plus merchandise items.
The grand prize winner will be announced on Valentineʼs Day. Smithʼs earlier singles include “Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happy Hour,” “Livinʼ The Good Life, and “Thank You.”
In anticipation of fast-approaching Valentine’s Day, The Country Network will debut on Jan. 24 the music video for Daniel Smith’s majestic love song, “Until I Close My Eyes For Good.” The video, which flawlessly conveys the song’s vow of undying devotion, will air on TCN’s “Breaking Out” segment.
The commanding 6-foot-5 Smith has built a reputation for capturing the most intense emotional moment in his songs—as he did in such recent singles as the euphoric “Livin’ The Good Life” and the rowdy “Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit Of Happy Hour.”
“Until I Close My Eyes For Good” is on Smith’s current CD titled “The EP”
Happy New Year to everyone! We at DanielSmithMusic.net hope this year is your best ever!
This Thursday and the other 364 days of the year, please remember our Veterans, as well as those that are serving in America's military. We honor and salute your bravery and will never forget freedom begins with you.
Thank You and God bless!
Here's the new video for the single, "Until I Close My Eyes For Good".
ATTENTION RADIO LISTENERS:
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Singer Daniel Smith Promises Forever In “Until I Close My Eyes For Good”
From the Guy Behind “Livin’ The Good Life,” “Life, Liberty,
& the Pursuit of Happy Hour”
(Nashville, TN. 9/29/10) In 2008, Daniel Smith rocked America’s beaches with his irresistibly sunny “Livin’ The Good Life.” The next year, barflies everywhere raised their glasses to toast Smith’s personal declaration of independence, “Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit Of Happy Hour.”
Now the strapping, 6-foot-5 heartthrob has set a new standard for love songs with his tenderly passionate “Until I Close My Eyes For Good.” The single version of this Valentine-strength ballad will be released October 11 and can be found on Smith’s latest album, The EP, on DLS Records.
“The world has gotten cynical about the notion of love lasting forever,” says Smith, who also wrote the song. “But it happens all around us. Just look at the obituary pages. The one beam of light you’ll see is how long most of the marriages mentioned there endured. That always moves me.”
The single impacts radio on October 11.
For More Information contact: Susan Collier PR at: (615) 356-0375 or
Well here we are, getting close to the end of summer and we've had a lot of folks asking us what's been going on. Daniel took a brief hiatus away from music this summer, doing various projects around his house. He built a new deck, garden shed, new driveway, laid 2,500 square feet of sod and a lot of small projects.
"There's a lot of things I've been meaning to do around the house," said the 6'-5" singer,"and it was kind of nice taking a breather away from music, getting my hands dirty and banged up. I smashed my thumb a few times but that goes with the job. And sometimes you need to get away from your passion, clear your head and re-energize."
A new single will be heading to radio in early October, along with a cool contest. We'll have more details very soon!
Here's wishing everyone a great Independence Day! Stay safe and say a prayer for our military folks' safety.
Here's Daniel's version of the Brooks & Dunn classic, "Red Dirt Road".
As some of you may have heard, Nashville, Tennessee suffered an unimaginable flood last weekend. So many folks were displaced from their homes, lost all their belongings, and have been subjected to utter misery.
There hasn't been much national news coverage, but the people of Nashville have rallied in support of their neighbors and the assistance offered by strangers to those who have lost everything is nothing short of heartwarming. The price tag for the flood is expected to top $1 billion.
If you're interested in helping, please click the link below and give whatever you can.
God bless the people of Nashville.
103 WKDF Taps Daniel Smith To Sing at Southern Women’s Show
(Nashville, TN. April 5, 2010) 103- WKDF has tapped singer/songwriter Daniel Smith to perform at the 23rd Annual Southern Women’s Show, which runs April 8-11 at the Nashville Convention Center. In addition to music, the hugely popular event features fashion shows, celebrity appearances and demonstrations and tips on shopping, cooking and healthy living.Smith, a handsome, 6-foot-5 Kentuckian, is best known for such good-time country hits as “Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happy Hour,” “Livin’ The Good Life” and “What U See Is What U Get.”
One of his most requested numbers, however, continues to be “Thank You,” his majestic tribute to America’s servicemen and women, The song is now the official theme of the Cincinnati-based Thank You Foundation, an organization that supports both military veterans and those still in active service.
Most recently Smith turned heads at the 2010 Country Radio Seminar with a series of interviews and guest shots for Today’s Country magazine, New Music Weekly magazine, Roughstock.com, Lexington Radio Broadcasting and a variety of individual radio stations.
Last year, Smith also figured prominently at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, where he performed and signed autographs at his own fan booth as well as at booths sponsored by Greased Lightning, Wagon Train and Vault.
He will perform at the 103 WKDF stage on Thursday, April 8, at 4:30 pm, and on Friday, April 9 at 3:30 pm.
Daniel has signed an agreement with Creative Retail Communications, which provide subscription music to businesses such as restaurants and retail stores. This service is utilized by thousands of establishments across the US and around the world.
Daniel Hummingbirds Through Country Radio Seminar
Daniel Smith was a virtual hummingbird during the recently concluded CRS - 41 in Nashville. By now a familiar face and voice to disc jockeys around the country, the tall, affable troubadour buzzed from one interview to another during the three days of the convention. Among the music and media outlets updating themselves on Daniel’s plans for his new single this spring, and activities were Today’s Country magazine, New Music Weekly magazine, Roughstock.com, Lexington Radio Broadcasting and a number of individual radio stations. Daniel won them all over with his easygoing manner and solid musical creds.
Happy Valentines Day to all the wonderful female fans! Give a listen to "Until I Close My Eyes For Good".
We're taking bookings for Daniel for 2010. Reserve Daniel for your event today!
Wow! Hard to believe the new year is already here. Hope everyone had a great holiday and we're looking forward to 2010 as a great year for new music!
Here's wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Please remember to keep those that keep this country safe in your thoughts and prayers as they're away from their own famalies this special time of year.
Check out the line dance "Hot Wings & Cold Beer" by John Robinson
We at DanielSmithMusic.net extend our deepest sympathies to the families at Fort Hood.
Be sure to pick up your copy of Country Weekly, on sale October 26! Then enter into your web browser http://www.DanielSmithMusic.net/the UPC number from the magazine issue. The UPC number is 10 digits and found in the lower left hand corner of the magazine.
You'll be taken to a special page and receive a free song from Daniel's new EP.
For all you karaoke junkies out there, you can now get a karaoke version of "Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour" (and you know you want to!). Click HERE for more info!
Daniel will be featured in an upcoming edition of Country Weekly's "Who's New".
By Matt Bjorke
-Daniel Smith is an independent artist but you wouldn’t know that from listening his recently released “The EP.” Collection. Featuring six tracks, The EP sounds as good as anything currently coming out of the label system in Nashville. With a solid banjo-backed melody, “The Memories Go On” rolls easily across the ears while Daniel is able to use his expressive voice to good use on radio single “Man Like Me,” which is –for my money – one of the best singles of the year. The EP also features the country rocker “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happy Hour,” which melodically recalls hit 80s pop/rock songs. Everything on The EP is tastefully produced, well-written and performed. I can’t wait to hear a whole record from this artist.
Nice comment by Roughstock.com about Daniel.
Check out the new video for "Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour"! It was shot at the local Nashville pub, The Batter's Box. A big thanks to everyone who participated! To watch it full screen click
We'd like to thank the fine folks at Country Weekly magazine for having us over to perform for them, including the new single, "Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour". They're a great bunch!
(Photos-CJ and Daniel; Daniel and CW editor Larry Holden)
Singer Daniel Smith Offers His Own Stimulus Package, “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour”
Song Also Signals Release of His New Album, The EP
NASHVILLE, TN ( JULY 20, 2009) American patriots around the world will thrill to the release of Daniel Smith’s stirring (or shaken) new single, “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit. Of Happy Hour.” This tribute to our nation’s most cherished values—especially the two-for-one principle—will begin spinning at radio stations July 27.
“These are the times that dry men’s soul,” Smith says solemnly. “Take away our happy hour and you’d have another revolution.”
Written by Smith and Charles Moore, “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour” is the lead single from Smith’s newest album, The EP, which has just been released on DLS Records.
Last summer, the strapping 6-foot-5 singer/songwriter inspired a rush of happy hour toasts with his lyrical celebration of sand and sun, “Livin’ The Good Life.” More recently he won over legions of new fans with his single and music video, “Man Like Me,” and his round of appearances at the CMA Music Festival.
Next Tuesday, the EP will be available for purchase. It will include the new single, set to go to radio July 27, "Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour", “Man Like Me,” “Livin’ The Good Life,” “Things You Keep,” “The Memories Go On” and “Until I Close My Eyes For Good.”
Here's wishing y'all a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!
Here's an interview and review of the EP by Today's Country top dog, David Pierce:
A review of Daniel's performance by the CMA's Alyssa Smith [no relation]:
Daniel Smith Takes Acoustic Corner Visitors to the Islands and Back for Hot Wings
After meeting Daniel Smith at his booth in Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall, Pam and Ray Lee along with their friend Alan Bradburn, all from Liverpool, England, took seats to see him play at the Durango Acoustic Corner.
Smith performed eight original songs, starting off with “What U See Is What U Get” and “Welcome to My Reality.” He took the audience to the islands with everything but the tropical drinks as he sang “Living the Good Life.” In “Ain’t No Place Like Home” he crooned of destinations he had traveled to, though his “heart lays in Tennessee.” Smith’s next song, “Thank You,” a tribute to all the servicemen and women, won a standing ovation.
Whether singing about gaining unintended weight and having cholesterol problems in “What’s Wrong with That” or relationships in “Right Side of Love,” Smith forged a connection with listeners who could relate easily to his narrative.
As Smith introduced his final song, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happy Hour,” the audience laughed, cheered, and clapped at the playful nature of the title. He crooned about consuming hot wings and cold beer as “exercising our God-given constitutional right… to throw back a long neck.” Though listeners spilled in throughout Smith’s set, most settled down, enjoyed the air-conditioning, and remained for the set.
Upon exiting, Pam and Ray Lee raved that Daniel Smith sounded “just like the record” and were absolutely glad that they were able to see such a great musician in such an intimate setting.
-- Alyssa Smith
Direct Link: http://www.cmafest.com/2009/general/News_Features_Sunday.aspx#danielsmith
Congratulations to this year's winners of the drawings at Daniel's booth at the 2009 CMA Music Fest.
The grand prize winner was Michelle Lucas who won a signed guitar by Daniel and The Fifth Amendment. Second place went to Pasty Lucas who won a cool prize pack with Cd's, T-shirts, and Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour Koozies. Third place went to Sinead Holleran, who won copies of American Made and the EP.
(Photos L-R: Lucas, Payne, Holleran)
What a fantastic time we all had at Fan Fair 2009! We're so thrilled to have met so many great fans and friends at this year's event. We'll be posting some photos and videos in the coming days, so be sure to check 'em out!
If you're attending the 2009 CMA Music Fest, or Fan Fair as we still like to call it, be sure to stop by Daniel's booth, #602 and say hi!
Daniel will be performing at the Acoustic Corner on Sunday June 14 at 12:30 PM.
Daniel Smith Will Unveil New Collection of Music At Nashville’s CMA Music Festival,
Package Will Include the Hits “Man Like Me,” “Livin’ The Good Life”
Daniel Smith the tall, handsome DLS Records recording artist is proud to announce that he’ll be offering fans an exciting six-song sampler simply titled “ The EP” during his appearances at the CMA Music Festival, June 11-14, in Nashville.
Smith will appear daily at his own booth for photos and autographs in the Festival’s Fan Fair exhibition area at the Nashville Convention Center as well as a noon performance on Sunday, June 14 at the popular Acoustic Corner on the second floor of the NCC.
The album includes Smith’s newest single, “Man Like Me,” his hit from last summer, “Livin’ The Good Life,” plus the irresistible “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour,” “Things You Keep,” “The Memories Go On” and “Until I Close My Eyes For Good.”
“It seems kind of artificial to hold back great songs until you get 10 or 12 of them for a regular album,” says Smith. “I’d rather serve them while they’re hot—and what better time to do that than at the CMA Music Festival?”
Have a safe Memorial Day weekend and take some time and rember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending this country.
The new EP will be out in time for the 2009 CMA Music Fest. It will be a 6 song preview of the full length album, Revolution, which will be out later this year. Look for Revolution to have bonus tracks, live version of songs and special offers.
Country Weekly’s Listen Up! feature to offer free two week download of Daniel Smith’s “Livin’ The Good Life.”
The beer, the beach, the babe, the bikini. Now all you need is the right song to make the experience perfect. And here it comes--Daniel Smith's irresistibly sunny "Livin' The Good Life." It'll leave sand in your i-Pod.
Download it free the week of April 27-May 10 at www.countryweekly.com/freemusic
Nice little review on Roughstock.com about "Man Like Me". But compared to Hootie???? Hmmmm.
We'd like to thank the Ohio Women Veteran's Conference for having us perform this past Saturday. It was a real treat and we hope to do it again! (Photos: CJ and Daniel performing acoustically)
Daniel Smith Takes Music to Fans in 3-State Dance Club Tour
Marco Club Connection Coordinates Event for Rising Star
DLS Records artist Daniel Smith credits a recent three-state dance club tour with broadening his fan base and increasing his album sales. Coordinated by Bobbe Morhiser of Marco Club Connection in Nashville, the sweep took Smith to Coyote’s in Augusta, GA., Cotton Eye Joe’s in Knoxville, TN and Coyote’s Music & Dance Hall in Louisville, KY.
Smith made the circuit to introduce a bouncy new dance mix of his 2008 beach and bikini hit, “Livin’ The Good Life.”
“The club tour was immense fun,” says Smith, who has just released the new single and music video, “Man Like Me,” from his forthcoming album, Revolution. “It was fantastic to meet and make so many new friends. Hats off to Bobbe for making every stop a tremendously fun-filled event.”
Club personnel are equally delighted. Calling Smith “one of the best artists to pass through Coyote’s,” DJ Jeff Allen observes, “He made many new fans here in Augusta. He’s a soon-to-be true country music superstar—not just in music but also in his fans’ hearts.”
Jackie Hicks of Cotton Eye Joe’s agrees. “What a treat to have Daniel Smith here!” she says. “Club-goers love the opportunity to meet new country artists and say they knew them when. We look forward to having Daniel back soon.”
One thing’s for sure--Smith's fans will soon have him back on radio, the Internet and in person. “Man Like Me” has just been released to radio stations nationally and is being boosted for heavy airplay by Marco Promotions. CMT.com is adding the dramatic “Man Like Me” video to its playlist. And Smith will perform at various sites and appear daily at his own fan booth at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, June 11-14.
“Man Like Me,” which was written by hitmakers Bobby Pinson, Kris Bergsnes and Charlie Moore and produced by Larry Sheridan, is shaping up to be one of the year’s most compelling musical statements about taking responsibility for one’s mistakes. Smith delivers the song—and the video images—with the sensitivity and intensity of a man who knows his subject well.
“If there’s such a thing as critical mass for an artist,” Smith muses, “I think I’ve reached it. All the elements are in place and in action. I can’t wait for fans to hear the music we’ve put together for Revolution. I’ve never been so proud of a project or so eager to take it on the road.”
It's been confirmed that Daniel will have a booth this year at the CMA Music Festival, so make plans to stop by and say hi!
The initial reaction to the video for "Man Like Me" has been outstanding!
One question we keep getting is 'who's the little kid in the video'? That's all Super 8mm home movies of Daniel. What a cute kid he was!
Daniel Smith Examines the Wellsprings of Character In His Vivid New Single, “Man Like Me”
(Nashville, TN.) DLS Records artist Daniel Smith follows his breezy, last-summer hit, “Livin’ The Good Life,” with a thought-provoking new single called “Man Like Me.”
Set for a March 16 radio release, “Man Like Me” examines the hard-hitting events in one’s life—both mistakes and acts of contrition—that converge to shape one’s character. The single is from Smith’s album-in-progress, Revolution, which will debut in late spring.
Accompanying “Man Like Me” is a dramatic music video, directed by Flick Wiltshire of Vintage Flick and shot at locations in Kingston Springs and Nashville, TN.
“Man Like Me” was written by Charlie Moore, Bobby Pinson, Kris Bergsnes and produced by Larry Sheridan.
Everyone here at DanielSmithMusic.net would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and an exceptional New Year!
"O Holy Night" continues to be added to Christmas play lists around the country. It's been featured on several syndicated radio shows on both country and adult contemporary stations.
Please remember our Veterans, as well as those that are serving in America's military. We honor and salute your bravery and will never forget freedom begins with you. God bless!
We've had a number of country dance clubs contact us asking if there's a dance version of Livin' The Good Life. So we had a remix made of the song and it's being sent out to 219 clubs this week.
If you love to boot scoot, be sure to ask the DJ to give the remixed Livin' The Good Life a spin. Daniel will be appearing at selected clubs to promote the new version, which can only be heard at those particular clubs. Check the calendar for appearances.
Daniel's in the studio recording a Christmas song that will be released to radio in early November. We'll be posting it here in a few weeks.
Everyone had a stellar time at the Welcome Home Celebration in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio this past Sunday. We'd like to thank everyone involved, especially John Guinn from the Thank You Foundation, Patricia Hall from the Cleveland VA, and Carly, our on-site go to person, who was fantastic!
Remembering those lost seven years ago in the worst attack on American soil. And we remember those defending our country today. God bless them, wherever they may be serving.
Remembering those lost seven years ago in the worst attack on American soil. And we remember those defending our country today. God bless them, wherever they may be serving.
We've got a bunch of photos and video footage from Daniel's southeast media tour on the PHOTO page and VIDEO page.
Daniel will be heading out on a southeast U.S. media tour in August. He'll be playing live at a number of radio and TV stations, giving listeners and viewers sneak peaks of songs from the upcoming album.
We now have a STORE where you can get T-shirts, CD's, and other merch, as well as the new single, "Livin' The Good Life". Check it out!
Daniel was interviewed by CMT Radio's Lindsay Koznowski. They chatted about the new single, "Livin' The Good Life", Daniel's influences and a bunch more. Thank you CMT Radio and Lindsay for having Daniel on.
We had an amazing time at the 2008 CMA Music Fest (Fan Fair). We made a ton of new fans and saw a bunch of old friends. We can't wait until next year. We'll post some video soon. In the meantime, check out the PHOTO page and see if you're posted. If not, email us your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to say a HUGE THANKS to all the radio stations who've shown "Livin' The Good Life" some love and have been playing it. You all are amazing and we are truly grateful!
Daniel will be at Fan Fair, BOOTH 100, during the whole event, signing autographs and posing for photos. The guys in the band will be there as well, so be sure to stop by. We look forward to seeing y'all there!
Daniel and the boys were thrilled to be part of the Welcome Home celebration in Cincinnati on Saturday. There was such an overwhelming feeling of pride and thankfulness being in the midst of the many heroes that keep America safe! There was a myriad of generations representing WW II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf I, and the present Iraq/Afghanistan wars.
With Memorial Day approaching, please remember to keep America's military men and women in your thoughts and never forget their sacrifice.
Daniel Smith Has Recipe for "Livin' The Good Life"
New Single Sure To Spawn Fans In The Sand
Looking for a great summer song to test drive your new beach blanket? Then bend an ear to Daniel Smith's sunny latest single , "Livin' The Good Life" that's being released to radio on May 19. It's a party in an i-Pod, complete with hot sand, pounding waves and Mai Tai's for everybody.
Co-written by Smith and Charles Moore, "Livin' The Good Life" is the lead offering from Smith's forthcoming Parlor Records album, Revolution.
The tall, handsome singer-songwriter first gained widespread attention in 2006 with his stirring "Thank You (Tribute To The American Soldier)." from his debut album, American Made. The song was later adopted as the theme music for the Thank You Foundation of Cincinnati, an organization that provides aid to veterans. In recent months, Smith and his band have performed the song and other fan favorites at military bases in Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina .
Now, let Daniel Smith refresh your memory about "where the breeze was cool and the love was hot."
Once again a fabulous time was had by all at Tyndall Air Force Base!
Our host, Capt. Jason Davis was simply an outstanding fellow and a prime example of hospitality and friendliness! Thanks again, Jason. Also, to Commander Roberson, we want to say a big thanks for having us back and congratulations on being in charge of a great bunch of folks.
It was nice to see Capt. Merideth Camilletti, Col. Dave Zeh, Mr. Dave, all the pilots, and everyone we met last time we were there. Thanks for having us to your after party on Saturday night. We had a rocking time!
Finally, to Aaron Tippin, thanks for "letting" Daniel win the beer chugging contest. Who're we kidding...Daniel whooped his butt!
But he was a good sport about it and a sweet guy!
Everyone had a fantastic time at Seymour Johnson AFB and want to say thanks to Colonel Steven Kwast, Commander for making everyone feel so welcome! Special thanks to Mary Rawles (pictured above with group), who went above and beyond the call of duty and took great care of us. We hope to see y'all again soon!
Daniel and the boys have been added to the lineup of the Rivers & Spires festival in Clarksville, TN on April 19.
We've added a new video, a live acoustic version of "What U See Is What U Get", performed at Tyndall Air Force Base on December 14, 2007. Check it out!
Daniel's been invited back to Tyndall AFB in March for inclusion in their air show! Also, another Air Force Base, Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina, has extended an invitation for Daniel to perform mid-February for the 12,000 fine folks that work there. As with anytime they get to perform for America's Heros, Daniel and the boys are ceratinly looking forward to both shows!
Daniel's words about the trip to Tyndall Air Force Base:
WOW! That's all I can say about the trip to Tyndall Air Force Base. It was an honor and priveledge to visit the base and perform for them. The folks there were incredible and made everyone feel so at home! Their generosity and selflessness are second to none. and they're a testament to what Real American Heroes are all about.
We "flew" in an F-15 flight simulator, saw the jets up close and personal, watched them take off, witnessed an EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) demonstration , saw the Haz-Mat crew, performed for 1,000 folks during Wingman Day, and a ton of other things.
A big thanks to Brig. General Tod Wolters, Col. Dave Zeh, Capt. Meredith Camilletti, "CJ" and "Dragger" and Major "Mr. Dave" (retired), and everyone else who gave their time and made it unforgettable!
We've added a video retrospective showing you a little of what went on. You can find it on the VIDEO page.
All in all it was a great experience and hope we get to go back soon!
Photo: Daniel & Brig. General Wolters
Thanks to webcast technology, Parlor Records artist Daniel Smith was able to beam his musical greetings live to thousands of American troops in Iraq and Kuwait. The transmission took place Saturday from the Heroes Celebration at Voice of America park in West Chester, Ohio. The patriotic event attracted a crowd of 15,000.
The day-long show, which also featured performances by .38 Special and a remote feed from Virginia by Rodney Atkins, was webcast to Camp Taji, Al Asad Air Base, Camp Fallujah, Camp Victory (in Baghdad) and Camp Taqaddum. A web linkup also enabled many of the soldiers to talk face-to-face with relatives attending the celebration.
Smith is best known for his recording of “Thank You (A Tribute To The American Soldier), “ which he wrote for his current album, American Made. The Thank You Foundation, a Cincinnati-based organization that supports American soldiers and veterans, has adopted the song as its official theme.
A native of northern Kentucky, the handsome 6-foot-5 Smith was the featured entertainer at the recent MidFirst Ohio Challenge in Middletown, Ohio. Last year, he headlined the Country For A Cause concert at the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky, to raise funds for The Point/ARC, a non-profit organization that funds job placement for intellectually and developmentally challenged individuals.
Photo: Daniel with Donnie Van Zant
Everyone had a wonderful time at the 2007 MidFirst Ohio Challenge , which featured Daniel and the boys playing for some military folks and thanking them for their service.
The crowd of 9,000 people were treated to skydiving Team Fastrax , who parachuted in during "Thank You", carrying an American flag measuring 7,500 square feet! Emotions ran high during this part of the show and it was thrilling for everyone involved. A big thanks to John Guinn and The Thank You Foundation for letting us be part of it!
Photo: Daniel performing
Congratulations to Jimmy Haley for winning the autographed guitar we gave away during Fan Fair!
Daniel wanted to sum up his 2007 Fan Fair experience:
What an amazing time I had at the 2007 CMA Music Fest (Fan Fair)!!! All of the great people I met were so nice and hospitable. It was so cool meeting you all and talking with you. I certainly appreciate the loyalty you all show.
I met a huge number of you last year and it was great to see you again this year! All in all it was just a fantastic experiance and you all make doing this worthwhile. Hope to see you on the road!!
All The Best,
A Cincinnati-based foundation devoted to honoring America's active and veteran military personnel has chosen Daniel Smith's "Thank You (Tribute To The American Soldier)" as its official theme song.
"It's thrilling to know that my words might comfort and encourage those who have risked everything for our freedom," says the Parlor Records artist.
The Thank You Foundation was established in 2006 to conduct programs and events aimed at demonstrating public support for America's fighting forces, past and present. Founder John Guinn says he was drawn to Smith's tribute from the moment he heard it. "I immediately shared it with one of our board members," he recalls. The organization has since featured the song on its website: www.thethankyoufoundation.org.
In addition to spotlighting Smith's song, the foundation has asked the singer to serve as an honorary member of its board.
"Thank You (Tribute To The American Soldier)" appears on Smith's latest album, American Made. It was issued as a special single last November to commemorate Veterans' Day.
A native of northern Kentucky, the 6-foot-5 Smith made his initial breakthrough at radio with his inspirational "I'm Going Home" and a video to accompany it that is a favorite on GAC' and currently climbing the Music Row chart is the engaging declaration of emotional honesty, "What U See Is What U Get."