NASHVILLE, TN (September 11, 2022) – Nashville-based nonprofit CreatiVets and Big Machine Label Group’s campaign to release a new veteran-written track on the 20th of every month — paying tribute to the 20 veterans and active-duty members that commit suicide every single day — arrives early on the 21stAnniversary of 9/11 today with “We Are America” available now (via Big Machine Records) across all major streaming platforms. Written by Marine veteran Richard Casper alongside singer/songwriters Johnny Bulford and Heidi Raye, the song reflects on America’s resilience on 9/11 and in the trying times since. “We Are America” was created during one of CreatiVets’ lauded songwriting programs, which pair combat veterans with songwriters in Nashville to help them learn to use music as a form of therapy.
“Our country has a history of strength, independence, and revolution,” shared Johnny and Heidi. “Historically, we have excelled when things seemed hopeless. This song is a musical reminder of what we can achieve when it matters most.”
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CreatiVets has helped more than 1,000 combat veterans since its founding in 2013 — with more than 400 veterans participating in its songwriting programs to date. The organization’s utmost goal is to end veteran suicide by offering alternative ways to cope with trauma, using the arts as a therapeutic cornerstone in the road to recovery. 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.
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 creativets.org.