Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Sean Niquette who wrote the song “West Point to Arlington” with #OperationSong. Sean served during the Iraq War.
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Andrew P. Carpenter. Andrew, better known as Andy, served during the Afghanistan War. Andy, lived by the life motto “it is what it is.” His wife described him by saying, “I truly never remember him not having a smile on his face. He was a big kid… very laid back about things.”
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Iraq War Army Veteran Michael A. Byer. Michael wrote the song “Over the Wire” as a part of #OperationSong. A long-standing tradition in the military, retiring soldiers pitch their boots over a powerline wire. Michael’s song, however, is not simply about his retirement, but a poignant tribute to his son who was
Grammy and Dove Award-nominated songwriter Bob Regan founded Operation Song, a music-based therapy program, in 2012, collaborating with Grammy Award-nominated songwriter Don Goodman and a music therapist. Operation Song’s mission is to empower Veterans and active duty military to tell their stories through songwriting. The stories they have to tell are powerful. That’s why VA
Not long after his son, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, was mortally shot at the U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Center on July 16, 2015, Tracy Smith was ready to die himself. The grief was simply too much. Then he heard a song. And it changed his life. Read more on Times
On May 28th Ian Wagner, Jimmy Ray Sells, and Bob Regan performed "Last Monday in May" for 4,400 live and had the performance broadcasted to 37 states and parts of Canada on 650 AM WSM. They were the only act that night to receive a standing ovation and even had Vince Gill say, "wow, that
Nashville songwriter Bob Regan has written hit songs for well-known stars including Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood and Tanya Tucker. But those songs aren't the ones that have meant the most to the Grammy-nominated artist. Regan is proudest of dozens of songs that will likely never become mainstream hits — songs of pain and loss written by
Three Nashville organizations recently partnered to host a day-long songwriting retreat for veterans at Belmont University’s Music Row campus. Belmont and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF) co-sponsored the event led by Operation Song™, an organization that helps veterans and active-duty military tell their stories through the process of songwriting. “We were excited to
A white-haired man with a guitar walks into a conference room at Fort Campbell, Tennessee and greets a group of assembled veterans. He's five minutes early, but they're already clearly settled in, waiting for him.
By John Donohue | The New Yorker Magazine This year, in honor of Memorial Day, there’s a concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Among the people headed to Washington, D.C., for the holiday is Bob Regan, a songwriter from Nashville who has penned hits for Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Billy Ray Cyrus,