The Songs From The Soul Of Service songwriting contest invited the men and women of our active military to share with us their thoughts and feelings. Presented by the Dallas Songwriters Association (DSA) with assistance from the Office of the Secretary of Defenses’ America Supports You Program, the contest provided the civilian community with a way to say to those servicing in our military, we’re thinking about you; we care about you; we appreciate the work you have to do; and we value what you have to say. Speaking on the value of the project, the current Commander of the US Army Band, Colonel Thomas Rotondi said, “…What a great initiative!!! I'd like to be involved… What you folks are doing is fantastic! Thanks for your great support of our Service Members!!!

The project was so successful that the contest model has been used by the military to continue the contest.

For more information about Songs From The Soul Of Service or to acquire CDs for an event you are planning contact: Dallas Songwriters Association.

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Winners of Dallas Songwriters Assoc. “Songs from the Soul of Service”
Sing of Overcoming Distance, Separation Through Music

DALLAS (April XX, 2009)—A captain sings of missing his newborn son while flying missions in Afghanistan. A sergeant’s wife finds the lyrics to a song in the solitude she feels at home while he’s deployed.

The songs and the singers will be celebrated May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Neotropolis Theater, 1130 West Trinity Mills, Carrollton. Sponsored by the Dallas Songwriters Assoc., the concert will feature winners from the DSA’s “Songs from the Soul of Service,” 2008 songwriting contest for military personnel. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door.

The Black Doves, featuring contest winner Capt. Steve Wilson, a University of North Texas graduate and a B-52 electronic warfare officer, will perform songs including Wilson’s personal and poignant “Like I Do,” inspired by the loneliness and separation he felt being away from his infant son. Wilson recalls, “On Sept. 10, 2002, my son Connor was born. Two months later, my unit deployed to fly missions in Afghanistan… Leaving my two-month-old first born son was difficult, to say the least.”

Jill Charles, the wife of Sgt. Robert Charles, wrote her song “I Can’t Wait to Love You” during Sgt. Charles’ initial deployment. “My heart was so broken and aching for him,” she remembers. “I was in the kitchen praying as I was doing dishes, and the song came to me.”

In addition to the winning songwriters’ performances, award winning local artist Tania Cordobes and her band will perform on stage, and other local artist will perform in the theater lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m., when doors open. A memorial to Texas’s fallen service members is also planned for the event.

Songs From The Soul Of Service is presented by the DSA with assistance from the Office of the Secretary of Defenses’ America Supports You program, and support from Broad Jam Music Service, Chase Bank, the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, and the Texas VFW.

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