Thursday, July 28, 2016

Featured Country Video: Stars and Stripes by Nathan Osmond

Sharing in support of our friend Nathan Osmond!

Nathan: "Thank you for featuring my music video, "Stars & Stripes." It's a project that I hold dear to my heart. I co-wrote this song with a lady in Scotland. Her name is Marwenna Diame. We wrote it via Skype. She asked me what I wanted to write about that day and I told her, "I want to write a song about the troops." She responded, "really?" I told her that I had been closing my shows forever with Lee Greenwoods hit, "God Bless The USA" and that I wanted to write my own song that came from my heart. We wrote the song in 30 minutes and it went all the way to #1 on the Independent Country Charts."

"The video has been seen on CMT & GAC as well as other major networks. Lou Dobbs was one of the first to show it on his show. It features real combat footage which we obtained directly from the military. The Army Chief of Public Affairs thanked me for my service. I told her that it was my father who had served. She told me that they count the family members as having served as well. She said, "We believe that the family members serve just as much, if not more, the the actual soldier."

"Ntune Productions produced this music video which we shot in the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah. It even won "Best Music Video" at the Filmed In Utah Awards. Rick Priddis of Priddis Music was the executive producer and Brandon Beckham of Revolution Media was our cinematographer. We featured a real Utah Marine couple, Robert & Krista Iverson. Robert is the recipient of the Purple Heart as his tank was the first tank destroyed in the first invasion of Iraq. They were both in the audience the first time I sang this song publicly and I asked them if they would be in my music video. Their children are also featured in this video. Annin Flagmakers, the oldest flag company in America stepped up to be our sponsor. We feature their flags in the background."

"We hope that this video touches your hearts and helps to remind the viewer that freedom comes with a price. One of my favorite quotes comes from the late Ronald Reagan who said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it on to our children through the bloodline. It must be fought for, protected and passed on to them to do the same. Otherwise, we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children of what life was once like in the United States when men were free." May God continue to bless the United States of America and may He continue to bless our troops and their families."