Nashville, TN – In a rare occasion of combined efforts, Nashville’s music community is gathering is support of “I AM STRONG,” a song drawing awareness to the childhood cancer epidemic.
Two versions of “I AM STRONG” have been recorded. Version 1 includes award-winning, Grammy-nominated group, The Grascals, with special guest Dolly Parton. Version 2 includes The Grascals, Dolly Parton, Randy Owen, Joe Nichols, Darryl Worley, Terri Clark, Charlie Daniels, Tom T. Hall, The Oak Ridge Boys and Steven Seagal.
A music video was directed by cancer survivor David Corlew of d. corlew films and is already gaining much notoriety at AOL.com, TheBoot.com and Yahoo.com. Starting January 4th, Clear Channel Digital and Citadel Digital will be hosting the video on the homepage of all their country radio station websites. Steve Baker of Visual Image Marketing is handling promotion of the video to video outlets both online and broadcast.
The song will also be on compilations CDX and PowerSource/HMG. FreePromoNetwork.com will be hosting promotional contesting for stations. Radio promoters Jerry Duncan of Jerry Duncan Promotions, Airplay Specialists Radio Promotion, Paul Loggins of Paul Loggins Promotions, Corey Duke of FreePromoNetwork.com and Bruce Reiner of Dolly Records have all volunteered their time and efforts.
iHeartRadio begins streaming the album, The Grascals & Friends, on which the song “I AM STRONG” appears on January 4th.
About “I AM STRONG” and its origin:
“I AM STRONG,” was written by Grascals’ band member Jamie Johnson and his wife Susanne Mumpower-Johnson along with Jenee Fleenor after The Grascals visited the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in Memphis and were inspired by the stories and power of the children being treated there. “I Am Strong” is powerful in its message and artistic vision and brings together vocals from all of the artists who also appear separately with The Grascals on other tracks on this CD.
In honor of the children and this song, Cracker Barrel is donating a percentage of the proceeds from this CD to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The album, The Grascals & Friends – Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, has 13 country music songs on it that you have probably heard before, but most likely not like this. The Grascals bring their own bluegrass style to the tunes and bring the different tracks to life with eight of their friends, including Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels and Dolly Parton. The Grascals & Friends – Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin will be available on January 10th, 2011, exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations.