Action! Fort Bragg musician 'gives all' to troops in music video
June 4, 2010
POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - A little girl's pen strikes paper while the ink creates the words that will reach her father who has travelled to war with the 82nd Airborne Division. Years later that girl dons a patrol cap as she follows her father's footsteps as a Soldier. The girl's children march down the same path that had been trodden by their mother and grandfather who sacrificed to 'give their all.' This is the basis for the new song and music video "I'll Give My All," by country music singer Jamie Tate and the 82nd Airborne Division's All American Chorus.
Tate and the chorus travelled to Nashville, Tenn. earlier in the year to record the song at Black River Music Group studios.
"It was amazing," said Tate, a Cary, N.C. native. "We contacted them (the chorus) about the song and in less than two weeks, they came to Nashville. It is very personal to me that they are out there fighting so I can stand out there and sing my heart out."
This was only the second time the chorus had recorded an original song with a music artist and the first time for a country song.
"Tate and her staff have treated us well and they are supportive of the military," said Sgt. Johnathan Cobert, a member of the chorus assigned to the 122nd Aviation Sustainment Battalion, 82nd Abn. Div. "It is interesting to see how a video production gets done."
There hasn't been a slow weeks for the chorus during the making of "I'll Give My All," said Staff Sgt. Jerome Coleman, a Moss Point, Miss. native and 12-year member of the chorus. "The most challenging part is that the hours are long. The days have been non-stop. We've only had one week off the past three months."
The song's origins date back a few years to a political convention in Winston-Salem, N.C. that both Tate and Renee Griffith attended. Tate heard Griffith singing some of the song she wrote, which left such a lasting impression on Tate that years later she sought her out.
Upon locating Griffith, Tate asked if she remembered the song and almost immediately Griffith recognized the song. A short time later the two sat down to write a complete version which became "I'll Give My All."
"We were trying to figure out who was going to sing the chorus and it dawned on me that who better than the All-American Chorus," said Tate.
"It is not just about the military Family, it is knowing that each generation does what it has to do to protect this nation and to protect people around the world," said Tate who is best known for her song "One Beer Away From Loving You."
The song is part of an online campaign launched in an attempt to distribute more than one million free digital downloads to servicemembers via sponsored donations. A portion of the proceeds from these sponsored downloads will go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and other charity organizations.
Tate and the chorus are scheduled to perform at a concert at the Fourth of July celebration on Fort Bragg.
For information on the "I'll Give My All" campaign visit www.illgivemyall.com.