Three musicians supported the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF) via online concerts during the month of May to help raise money for military and first responders.
Corey Kent, an Oklahoma born and bred singer and songwriter, was the first to host a concert for CKFF followers on Military Spouse Appreciation Day. “I’m pretty honored to be partnered with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. I’ve played a few shows for them to date and it’s been a really fun partnership… I just really support their mission” Kent shared during his concert.
Kent headlined at CKFF’s American Heroes event (in partnership with Marriage Today) last spring, and Texas Wagyu Roundup and Cookoff last summer. “Anything to support the CKFF mission!”, Kent exclaimed. Kent donated a one-hour performance that CKFF published on their YouTube playlist titled "Live Concerts".
Kent’s music mixes classic country influences with contemporary pop melodies and production. Many music fans and “The Voice” viewers recognize him as a contestant from season 8. To learn more about his music, visit Corey Kent’s Official Website.
Luke Pell hosted his virtual show Memorial Day weekend. “…Remember what this weekend is about. Many of us out there know somebody who is serving in the military and sometimes we also know somebody who has lost someone in the military,” Pell said.
Pell graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served 5 years in the Army including serving in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan. “This weekend, at the end of the day, it’s all about remembering those folks and continuing to support the other Veterans and the family members of those Veterans,” Pell encouraged viewers.
After serving his country, Pell decided to dedicate his career to music. On his debut self-titled EP, Pell used inspiration from Garth Brooks and Eric Church. Visit Luke Pell’s website to hear more.
Colton Dixon was the third musician to leverage his social media platform to fundraise for CKFF’s cause and did so during Memorial Day Weekend. “We have so much to be thankful for in this country… so many people have laid down their lives so we could be free,” Dixon reminded his viewers, “I love days like today because it kind of forces us to remember and think about things that maybe we would overlook or not think about because we’re busy or whatever it is.”
Dixon also revealed the family member he thinks about on Memorial Day, “My grandfather passed away, not quite a year ago, and he served in the Korean War, and just to think of how that would have affected his wife, my grandmother, my dad growing up, it’s kind of crazy.”
Years ago, Taya Kyle, CKFF’s Executive Director, published a Facebook post about Dixon’s song called “The Other Side” as something that helped her move through grief. Since then, Kyle and the Foundation have followed and admired Dixon’s work.
You may recognize Dixon as one of the top 7 contestants on season 11 of “American Idol.” With his newly released self-titled EP, Dixon shares with listeners his style of infusing pop sounds with electro-pop and darker grooves. Visit Colton Dixon’s website to hear what that infusion sounds like.
All three musicians encouraged listeners and viewers to support the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, which is dedicated to military and first responder families, by joining the CKFF Warriors Club.