She's An Army of One / Various
She's An Army of One is an uplifting tribute to the millions of dedicated women who have in the past and presently serve in the armed forces of the United States. The project is centered around a new song written and composed by Nashville songwriter and producer, Mark Carman, titled 'She's An Army of One.' The lyrics for the song were written by Carman while waiting for a connecting flight at the Atlanta airport. According to TRA-STAR President, Frank Scherman, Carman was on his way to a business meeting in Virginia Beach, VA, when he made the stop in Atlanta. 'While waiting there, Mark observed a number of military personnel in their uniforms and was intrigued by the number of female soldiers in the group. He just felt compelled to write the song as his way of saying thanks,' said Scherman. 'These were young women,' said Scherman, 'and like their male counterparts, they have devoted a part of their lives to the preservation of freedom and in support of the global war on terrorism.' Although the song pays tribute to women soldiers in general, there was one particular soldier that Carman gives credit for being the inspiration for the song. That soldier is COL Mary C. Gomez, Commander, 5th BDE /95DIV (IT) 'I saw all those soldiers and was moved by the fact that many of those girls looked to be younger that my own daughter,' said Carman. He went on to say, 'Then I saw this middle aged woman who was also dressed in her uniform and roughly my age. I realized at that moment she was probably somebody's mom, but right now, she's a soldier.' Recalling the words of former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch when she said to her rescuers, 'I'm An American Soldier too,' Carman began to write the song 'Army of one' as a tribute to COL Gomez and all the women who, like her, serve in America's armed forces. She's An Army Of One' began production on March 12, 2007 at the renowned Nashville recording studio; 'The Tracking Room.' It features vocals by country singer Steven Hall, gospel singer; Shree Newman, Latina crooner; Johnny Vasquez, bluegrass icons The McCormick Brothers, original Heartland members Barry Templeton, Ron Kohlman and Mark Carman, Jimmy & Mindy Brown, and an entire choir! In addition to the feature vocalists, it includes cameo performances by numerous artists who simply wanted to be a part of this special tribute. TRA-STAR has also assembled an all-star group of musicians for the recording including David Hungate, Eddie Bayers, Bruce Watkins, Brent Mason, Jeff King, Mike Rojas, Ron Kohlman, Jimmy Brown, Haskell McCormick, and others. Collectively their recording credits include; Cher, Bryan Adams, Toto, George Straight, Alice Cooper, Billy Preston, Reba, Barbara Streisand, Alabama, Alan Jackson, and countless other superstar artists. Movie sound credits include; Grease, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, A Few Good Men, 8 Seconds, just to name a few.