Troops and military families stationed at Aviano Air Base in Italy recently gathered to spend some quality time together at a USO concert featuring one of today’s hottest country music artists Brantley Gilbert. Gilbert, a USO first-timer and reigning Academy of Country Music (ACM) New Male Vocalist of the Year, saw hundreds of troops and military families in Italy before heading out to perform three more USO shows for troops stationed in Kuwait.
While the country music singer/songwriter is hoping to take home the fan based 2013 ACM award for New Artist of the Year, nothing compares to being able to show his support of troops and their families.
- As part of his eight-day USO tour Gilbert visited troops at Aviano Air Base in Italy as well as troops deployed to Camp Buehring, Camp Arifjan and the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing in Kuwait. In total, Gilbert delivered goodness and a touch of home to some 3,000 troops and military families.
- Additionally, Gilbert donated 10 tickets to his March 16 show in Manchester, England at the Club Academy to U.S. troops stationed in the area. Tickets also included an exclusive meet and greet.
- Fans can cast their vote for Gilbert as ACM New Artist of the Year starting March 25 – April 7, 2013. Votes can be cast once a day during the two-week period at http://www.voteacm.com. Country music fans can tune in to The 2013 ACM Awards, which will air on CBS, Sunday, April 7, at 8/7 central, and find out which of their favorite artists will be taking home top honors.
“My first USO tour was a humbling experience. Being able to spend time with the men and women who serve our country and their families meant so much to me. And knowing that I was able to take their minds off all the things they are missing back home, even if just for a few hours, is something that means a lot to me.” - Brantley Gilbert
Entertainment tours are one of the many ways the USO helps to lift the spirits of our troops and military families. In 2012, the USO deployed 91 celebrity entertainers on 87 tours to 24 countries and 13 states, entertaining more than 324,000 troops and military families. Fifteen of these tours were to a combat zone. To find out more about the USO and how you can help, visit us online at http://www.uso.org
Brantley Gilbert has already earned a striking set of “notches” on his industry belt, including four #1 singles, impressive album sales of over 1 million and multiple award show nominations from the CMA, ACM, ACA & CMT Music Awards. As the reigning ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, Gilbert will vie for the title of New Artist of the Year at the April 7 awards. He is currently on his first-ever headlining dates – HELL ON WHEELS TOUR. Just last year he played to over 500,000 fans while on the road with Toby Keith and Eric Church. His sophomore project, the GOLD-certified HALFWAY TO HEAVEN DELUXE, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and has since produced two GOLD-certified, #1 hits – “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” As a celebrated songwriter, he has also penned #1 songs – “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” In 2011, he garnered the prestigious honor of being the only new artist to have a #1 hit at Country radio.
Twitter: @BrantleyGilbert shows his support for troops with @the_USO tour to Italy and Kuwait
Source: United Service Organizations
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