Townsend - "Hidden Heroes"
Recorded on Art Records
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
success of any song often hinges, in large part, on how many
people can readily identify with the lyrics; well, I for one,
can readily identify to the new single by Andra Townsend titled
"Hidden Heroes" and I'm sure that many other military
family members will also.
whose brother-in-law is a Major in the Air Force, and Eddie
Kilgallon, former member of the popular group Ricochet,
collaborated on this project. While Townsend is new to the
industry, Kilgallon is a seasoned veteran and knows firsthand
what it takes to write a great song. In 1997 he co-wrote on the
hit "One Night at a Time"
and earned the ASCAP Country Song of the Year award. We all know
that a combination of total empathy for subject matter and
songwriting savvy are a dynamic blend and this single is proof
of that fact.
first met Townsend a few years ago when she gave him one of her
demo CDs after a concert and they have been writing together
ever since. “Andra knows first-hand
what her sister went through after her husband was deployed,”
Kilgallon says. “We decided it would be a great idea to write
a song about that.”
understand the struggles my sister has gone through,” says
Townsend, “'Hidden Heroes’ is special, and I hope it can
touch a lot of people.”
hidden heroes wait at home / Keep a close watch on the phone /
Check their email twice a day / For pictures from far away /
They're on the home front standing true / For the red white and
blue / They're not soldiers I suppose / But every day's a fight
for the hidden heroes.
her quest to "touch a lot of people," Townsend has
provided a network of links from her personal site where
military friends and family members can connect and exchange
letters and photos. She has also pledged a portion of all
proceeds from the sale of "Hidden Heroes" to the
National Military Family Association, a non-profit
organization focused solely on improving the quality of life of
an Army veteran who is married to a career soldier, I am always
in favor of songs that raise awareness about the military and,
goodness knows, there are far too few songs about the sacrifices
of the family members. My husband has been in the Army for
twenty-three years and doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon.
Several years ago I wrote an editorial for a military newspaper
titled "Spouses and Family Members Serve Too." In that
editorial I said, "We may be reluctant patriots, but we
serve judiciously, and we serve with pride."
think "Hidden Heroes" is an appropriate tribute to an
often overlooked facet of the military community. Kudos and a
big Army "Hooah!" to Ms. Townsend for recognizing the
heart of the military soldier; his or her family and friends.
Andra Townsend website: http://www.andracountry.com/
National Military Family Association: http://www.nmfa.org/
If you are a member of a military family you can share your
story and photos at www.hiddenheroes.us
would like to invite you to read the rest of my editorial about
military family members, you will find it archived on my
personal website, which is dedicated to military families, at: http://www.2steppin.com/chhill/
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