Helping A Hero Honors Randy Travis With Lee Greenwood Award At Concert In Houston
Country Music Hall of Fame member Randy Travis was honored with the Lee Greenwood Award by the 501(c)3 organization, Helping A Hero, at their Lee Greenwood & Friends concert in Houston on Monday. The concert celebrated Christmas and patriotism while honoring and raising money to build homes for wounded warriors.
The event was held at Houston Baptist University on Monday evening. The reception and silent auction was followed by the concert program, featuring performances by special guests and awards; Scooter Brown Band sang songs from their album American Son including the title track, Tate Stevens performed his acclaimed song "Ordinary Angels" among others, Gavin DeGraw performed many of his hits including the fitting "Soldier" and Lee Greenwood wowed the crowd with a rendition of his iconic "God Bless the USA." SSG Shilo Harris, a retired military veteran, received the Pillar Award. Honorary Co-Chairs of the event were the Honorable and Mrs. Ted Cruz and the Honorable Adrian Garcia.
"Randy Travis has done so much for our troops over the years having done five USO tours and otherwise entertaining and honoring them in a variety of ways. We are thrilled to be able to recognize him for his continued efforts and salute his enormous talents," said Meredith Iler, Chairman Emeritus of Helping A Hero.
"As a combat veteran, it means the world to me that Helping A Hero is serving veterans who have sacrificed for our freedom. Tonight was a celebration of decades of music, with various genres represented - we were glad to be a part of it," said Scooter Brown.
About Randy Travis
With lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time and a recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People's Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and five Country Music Association honors. In addition, three of his performances earned CMA Song of the Year honors: "On the Other Hand" (1986), "Forever and Ever Amen" (1987) and "Three Wooden Crosses" (2002). To date, he has 18 No. 1 singles, 29 Top-10 smashes and more than 40 appearances in feature films and television shows to his credit. Ten of his albums are Gold Records. Eight are Platinum. Two have gone Double Platinum. One is Triple Platinum and another is Quintuple Platinum. In 2004, Randy was honored with his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is honored on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986. In 2017, Randy was honored with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds™Nashville. Since his near fatal stroke in 2013, with the help of his wife Mary and rigorous physical therapy, Randy continues to make improvements in his speaking, walking, and yes, singing. For more information please visit randytravis.com.
About Helping A Hero
Helping a Hero is a 501(c)(3) non profit, non-partisan organization, founded in 2006, that provides support for military personnel severely injured in the war on terror. Our principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members through partnerships made with the builders, developers, communities, and the veteran. Helping a Hero strives to engage the community in providing services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families. Additionally, Helping a Hero provides additional support programs such as marriage retreats, caregiver retreats, recreational activities, emotional support, and financial support. More information on the organization can be found at www.helpingahero.org.
About Scooter Brown Band
After four years and three months, two tours overseas with one tour of combat in Iraq as a United States Marine, Scott Brown traded his guns in for guitars and hit the road. Scooter Brown Band was formed in 2005 and played mainly in and around Houston, Texas. It wasn't until 2009 with the release of their first studio album, Between Hell & Texas, that they gained a notable presence in the Texas music scene. In 2010, Scooter Brown Band put out the album Live at Big Texas. In 2013, they followed up with their next studio album, Valor, and a self-titled album, Scooter Brown Band, in 2015. The band has toured the U.S., headlining shows and opening for some of the biggest names in the business including Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, Lee Roy Parnell and the Marshall Tucker Band, just to name a few. With two of the members being prior military, the band spends a lot of time doing work for Veteran Support Organizations like Base Camp 40 - Warriors in the Wild, Lone Survivor Foundation, and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. Defined as modern southern rock, the band released American Son in August 2017 and was named by Rolling Stone as a country "Artist to Watch" in December 2017. For more information, visit www.scooterbrownband.com.
Photo: Top row: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Chairman of the Board David Balat, PR Chair Jennifer Hammond, Tate Stevens, Nicole C. Mullen, Lee Greenwood, Scooter Brown, Secretary Karen Roan, board member Hon. Chris Daniel and Chairman Emeritus Meredith Iler
Bottom row: Audit Chair LTC E.A. "Buddy" Grantham, Randy Travis and Vice Chairman of the Board Sunil "Sunny" Sharma
Photo courtesy of Helping A Hero