FEATURED MEMBER: Americana/Country Singer-Songwriter Leslie Tom to Release Song on Veterans’ Day
Denver COMBO member Leslie Tom will be releasing her new song “Don’t Think Twice” on Veterans’ Day (November 11th ) to honor men and women of the armed services. The song was inspired by her grandfather’s service in World War II and written in honor of veterans. Proceeds from the sale of the single will benefit a veterans’ charity. Leslie has a full EP coming in early 2017 as well.
The song is a moving tribute to her grandfather, Milton Smallwood Alexander, and his service during World War II in Normandy, as well as a document of the sacrifices those serving tours of duty in our armed forces still make today on behalf of their country. The song also features singer Pete Scobell (of Pete Scobell Band) dueting with Leslie. Scobell is a Naval Academy graduate and an ex-Navy SEAL who became a musician and had an iTunes chart-topping song with Wynonna Judd (“Hearts I Leave Behind”) featured in “American Sniper,” the film about Scobell’s Navy SEAL teammate Chris Kyle’s life.
Within a few days of D-Day, on June 6, 1944, Milton Smallwood Alexander, a 26- year-old Texan and Leslie Tom’s grandfather, landed on the shores of Normandy with a tank regiment of the Third Armored Division. As a tank driver, he was one of the brave Americans who liberated France, Belgium, and then Germany before returning home to resume a “normal life.” Like many of the Veterans of WWII, nightmares must have wrestled in his head of that horrific war, especially those of fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and watching his best friend die beside him as a deuce-and-a-half accidentally rolled over him, ultimately saving Mr. Alexander’s life. For that generation of men, war was not discussed, though we can only surmise that the experiences they had were with the “Greatest Generation” for a lifetime.
All proceeds from the sale of the single will benefit veterans in the form of donation to the Travis Manion Foundation (http://www.travismanion.org), a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.
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