Music helping Connellsville Area Patriots' cause
Online purchases of a local singer's patriotic song will support the CAHS Patriots.
Nashville producer David Walker has worked with and produced songs with local singer Kortney Jean Zufall since the talented singer was 9 years old.
Now a sophomore at Connellsville Area High School, Zufall is the lead singer for The Kortney Jean Band. She was featured on a CD last year with Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire titled "Music That Matters: Pennsylvania."
She recently released her own CD entitled "Never Been To LA." That CD includes one song that everyone hopes it will reach many people.
"Blowin' In The Wind" was written by Walker, who said it was inspired after he had a long conversation with an Iraqi war veteran. During the conversation he said he learned the hardships the soldier endured. That soldier, once returning home, needed three years of therapy to adjust back into society.
"The average person has no idea of what these boys go through so we can sit back and enjoy the American dream," Walker said in an e-mail. "The kid I described hasn't heard the song cause we have lost touch but I do feel he would appreciate it."
Walker had Zufall sing the song, which Walker also produced, because he knows the Zufall family is very supportive of the troops.
"So it only made sense to have a special song on her recent project," Walker wrote.
"Blowin' In The Wind" was released in February and was recently released on Amazon.com, iTunes , Reverbnation.com, Rhapsody.com, Emusic.com and more online song sites. Type "Kortney Jean" in the search box to find the album and the individual songs.
"I thought it could be a really good song," Zufall said. "It's a very inspiring song, and people like it a lot."
It was Zufall's mother who suggested that Walker get in touch with the CAHS Patriots, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to troops serving in harm's way.
Walker, who has other friends serving in Iraq, had been looking for an organization to distribute the online sales through. After he met with CAHS Patriots founder Linda Shearer, he found his organization.
"I was excited to talk with Linda Shearer," Walker wrote. He said he was also impressed with Shearer's dedication and enthusiasm for the Patriots' cause. "I was surprised when she thanked me for allowing them to promote Kortney and the song. I think we are the ones who should say thank you that there are those so dedicated to the cause."
"That song is what we promote," said Anthony Lembo of the CAHS Patriots. "The song plays into our mission."
The CAHS Patriots is planning yet another care package shipment this upcoming Wednesday at the high school. They were going to send it on Valentine's Day, but the bad weather and school cancellations delayed the shipment.
They're also gearing up for the annual Celebrity/Collectible Auction at 5:30 p.m. May 6 at the Connellsville Elks.
"This is a great opportunity to bring in more money for the Patriots," Lembo said.
Lembo said students have posted fliers throughout the school about Zufall's song in the hopes that the word will spread and more people will start downloading it.
"I'm hoping it gets more downloads and hits than anyone knows what to do with," Shearer said.
"As long as people want to download the song, we will continue to support the troops through this song," Walker wrote.