By Jaci Jedrych
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When retired Master Sgt. Caleb Green, retired Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hanna, Sgt. Maj. Christal Rheams, and retired Staff Sgt. Ron Henry began using music to share their stories, they had no idea what an impact it would have.
The quartet has released a number of songs over the 7 years they have been together, even placing fifth in season 14 of America’s Got Talent. They now operate under the Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO), to help support other service members who are interested in musical careers. Their latest release will support the CAMMO songwriting camps for active and veteran service men and women, helping to make them free for all interested.
“Come Home” was written by Voices of Service for PGA of America to use as an inspirational theme song in the PGA HOPE program (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere). The song has been featured in public service announcements aired during 103rd PGA Championship in May and will appear during telecasts of the upcoming 43rd Ryder Cup on NBC and Golf Channel.
The inspiration for the song came from a phone call with Green’s son, who is on active duty. During the call, one phrase dominated the conversation: “come home.”
Fans of Kelly Clarkson or Keith Urban should expand their palette with the soulful music of Voices of Service.
Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.
A songwriter by the age of 15, Karla Bonhoff has been entertaining audiences for decades. Native to Southern California, she came up in the L.A. circuit of the hippie era, where artists such as Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and so many others were continuously floating in and out of one another’s orbits. Bonoff and singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor will jointly perform at the Birchmere in Alexandria Dec. 11. Together, they will tackle new and established variations on Christmas favorites, as well as toss in their original tunes.
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