Music salutes honoring military and veterans is trending big in 2017, especially before the end of the year. The common thread — to raise awareness and funds for our veterans — while each musical effort is for varying charitable factions of the whole. There are a flurry of benefit concerts and albums devoted to our veterans of late. Socially Sparked News spotlights a few of these.

“The number of men and women who have donned our country’s uniform and served multiple tours of combat duty is the largest in modern American history. We owe them a huge debt, and we can repay it by remembering their sacrifices and providing the resources for them to achieve the American Dream.” — Debbie Gregory, CEO of MilitaryConnection.com

Tonight brings a pre-recorded national broadcast of the concert special: Guitar Legends For Heroes Benefit Concert (in support of our military and veterans). The Special was filmed last month at NYC’s Terminal 5 featuring some of the world’s best guitarists — to thank our military, veterans and their loved ones for their sacrifices — while raising funds for the high impact charities that support them.

Guitar legends include Trace Adkins, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Nancy Wilson (Heart) and many others. The Show includes a tribute to late music legend Gregg Allman (The Allman Brothers). For TV schedule visit: www.musicforheroesconcert.org/schedule.php

A presentation of America Salutes You and Wall Street Rocks, the proceeds from the music-filled Concert benefit several charities including: Headstrong, Psych Armor, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Hope for the Warriors, and Warrior Canine.

GRAMMY-NOMINATED ARTIST/COMPOSER JIM BRICKMAN NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM & TOUR

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Grammy-Nominated artist and composer Jim Brickman recently released his new holiday album A Joyful Christmas (November 10) as a digital release via BMG, with a special CD/DVD to follow. A Joyful Christmas features classic hymns and carols, as well as new original songs and duets with an all-star lineup.

The first single Christmas Where You Are featuring Five For Fighting was released as a message of thanks, love, and support to the troops this holiday season.

Jim Brickman – A Joyful Christmas Official Tracklist

01. Celebration – Jim Brickman
02. Hallelujah, I Believe featuring Leslie Odom Jr. (Christmas Mix)
03. The Magic of Christmas – Jim Brickman
04. The Gift featuring Russell Watson
05. Themes from the Nutcracker – Jim Brickman
06. Beautiful featuring Jim Brickman
07. We’re Goin’ Caroling featuring Dick Van Dyke & Jane Lynch
08. Memories of Christmas – Jim Brickman
09. Merry Christmas Beautiful featuring Luke McMaster (Acoustic Mix)
10. Snowfall – Jim Brickman
11. I Saw Three Ships featuring Jim Brickman
12. Christmas Where You Are featuring Five for Fighting

In support of the album, Jim Brickman is currently on a U.S. holiday tour throughout the end of the year. Remaining Tour Dates: (tickets on sale now)

A Joyful Christmas 2017 Tour:
12/23 Woonsocket, RI – Stadium Theatre
12/27 Burnsville, MN – Ames Center
12/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Abravanel Hall
12/29 Folsom, CA – Harris Center
12/30 Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum
12/31 Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum

A BIT ABOUT JIM BRICKMAN

The hit-making songwriter is the best-selling solo pianist of our time earning 21 Number One albums and 32 Top 20 Radio Singles in the industry bible, Billboard Magazine. He’s garnered two Grammy nominations, gospel music’s Dove Award, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year Awards, and the Canadian Country Music Award.

MARCUS GOLDHABER'S 'CARRY YOU ON'

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Noted recording artist Marcus Goldhaber recently released a new benefit album Carry You On to take aim to bridge the gap between vets and civilians beyond a ‘simple thank you.’ The album dropped on Veterans Day.

Half of the album sales’ proceeds directly support Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a non-partisan, non-profit which similarly seeks to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans, while strengthening the civilian-veteran bond

Carry You On offers a compelling collection of story-based songs as told to Goldhaber first-hand by veterans. Created to open new windows into the everyday lives of veterans and their families, the songs are the culmination of an ongoing mission started five years ago by Goldhaber to deepen the discussion beyond “Thank You for Your Service.”

Goldhaber aims to strengthen the civilian-veteran dialogue and broaden the national conversation about veterans through music. The benefit album clearly illustrates how the discussion hardly ends with “Thank you for your service.” Furthering that conversation between civilians and military veterans is the true challenge.

Carry You On is available on iTunes, Spotify and Deezer. To purchase where a portion is donated to the cause, visit www.marcusgoldharber.com

A BIT ABOUT MARCUS GOLDHABER

Marcus Goldhaber is known for his vivid songwriting and intimate approach to the American Songbook. With Carry You On, he makes a bold departure from his jazz roots to create the right blending of musical styles and narrative for compassionate impact. He has been performing these songs on military and patriotic stages, from Super Bowl and Fleet Week events to the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade and Independence Day celebration.

It is refreshing to see innovative, unique and heartfelt efforts to pay homage to our veterans and help socially spark awareness of and raise funds for their needs. — Abbe is Socially Sparked® Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01

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