Dear Mom” – Out Now

NASHVILLE, TN (May 10, 2024) CreatiVets, a Nashville-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting veterans through art and music, honors the sacrifices of veterans and their families today with the release of “Dear Mom.” In partnership with Big Machine Label Group, songs written through the CreatiVets program are released every month.


Written by Brian DeVries, veteran mentor Seth Cole, and professional songwriters Jesse Wayne Taylor, Stephen Ray and Filmore, “Dear Mom” serves as a heartfelt tribute to DeVries’ mother and his healing journey as a veteran. Brian DeVries served as a medic during his deployments to Iraq in 2004-2005 and Afghanistan in 2010. His experiences on the battlefield exposed him to trauma after trauma, resulting in a diagnosis of PTSD, heightened anxiety, and depression. DeVries found himself disassociating from friends and family and struggled to maintain employment while searching for meaning and purpose in his post-service life.

Prior to his involvement with CreatiVets, DeVries had never considered songwriting. Reflecting on his experience with CreatiVets’ songwriting program, DeVries remarked, “The songwriting program is something that you have to experience for yourself. I don’t know that words can truly put into perspective what the songwriting process can do. If you’re willing to put everything you have into it, the outcome is truly magical.”

DeVries hopes that his songs resonate with fellow veterans, serving as a reminder of the support and resilience that can help them navigate challenging times.

“I hope that when others hear my song, they can think of that one person who always got them through the tough times, always believed in them, never walked away regardless of the struggles they might have put them through,” he expressed.

For DeVries, sharing his music with his mother has been an emotional and deeply meaningful experience.

“The first time I played it [“Dear Mom”] for her, she cried. I don’t know that there was a dry eye in the room the first time everyone heard it,” he shared. “To be able to not only help myself, but to also do this for her and the amount of healing it has done for both of us after the struggles from my time in the military is something that makes this process priceless.”

DeVries expressed his gratitude to CreatiVets for the impact they’ve had on his life and the lives of countless other veterans.

“The amount of joy and happiness you have brought back into my life by helping take a huge weight that I no longer carry off my back is honestly life changing. I share CreatiVets with as many people as I can and spread the word to as many as possible.”

Since its founding in 2013, CreatiVets has helped more than 2,500 combat veterans — with more than 500 veterans participating in its songwriting programs to date. Serving as a connector for opportunities that magnify CreatiVets within the entertainment space, Big Machine Label Group continues to contribute to CreatiVets’ operational initiatives through Scott and Sandi Borchetta’s Music Has Value Fund and through Big Machine Music, which serves as the co-publisher for CreatiVets.

To learn more about CreatiVets, please visit

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ABOUT CREATIVETS: CreatiVets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide wounded veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury with opportunities to use art, music, and creative writing to heal their unseen wounds of war. Their goal is to empower veterans with tools they can use for the rest of their lives and enable them to see their own capacity for success in an arena outside the battlefield. Learn more at

ABOUT MUSIC HAS VALUE: The Music Has Value fund was created in 2015 by Scott and Sandi Borchetta to provide funds to organizations which support those who make music, aspire to make music, and access and appreciate music. Music Has Value focuses on two specific lanes. The fund, administered by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, will continue to target K-12 schools needing instruments and resources, with an emphasis on rural areas that are often overlooked. Additionally, Music Has Value aims to enrich lives both young and old, and a portion of the dollars pledged will support music therapy programs for seniors and those battling Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit

ABOUT BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP: Led by Chairman and CEO Scott Borchetta, HYBE America’s Big Machine Label Group encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., Nashville Harbor Records & Entertainment, Big Machine Rock, The Hard Working Record Co., and publishing company Big Machine Music. BMLG artists include superstars Tim McGraw, Sheryl Crow, Mötley Crüe, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert (and recent releases by Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton); chart-topping acts Justin Moore, Chris Janson, Brian Kelley, Eli Young Band, Brett Young, Midland, Carly Pearce, Riley Green, Jackson Dean, Daughtry, Aaron Lewis, and Badflower; plus rising talents Chase McDaniel, Conner Smith, Greylan James, LECADE, Mackenzie Carpenter, Mae Estes, Shane Profitt, The Cadillac Three, The Struts, Noah Hicks, Dylan Matthew, Lillian Hepler.  BMLG also works in partnership with Creativets, the Tom Petty Estate, Toby Keith, Darryl Worley and Glen Campbell. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, AMA, CMT, Teen Choice, MTV, Billboard, People’s Choice and BRIT Awards. Big Machine is the first-ever American label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights for its artists and is an industry leader in fighting for artist, songwriter, publisher and record company rights.  Visit for more information.