4TROOPS set to release debut album

| March 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Tim Hipps
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Public Affairs

NEW YORK — Four former Soldiers from the Army Entertainment Division are poised to hit the charts this April, singing the stories and experiences of Army life.

In only three months, 4TROOPS recorded its self-titled debut album, which is scheduled for release April 28. The hit single, “For Freedom,” will be released soon, and with the first concert already taped, military installations are booking concerts nationally.

4TROOPS vocalists,(from left, Daniel Jens, Ron Henry, David Clemo and Meredith Melcher), perform aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City during the taping of a PBS television special to be aired in June. The former Soldiers honed their craft in Army Entertainment Division programs run by the Army Family, Morale Welfare and Recreation Command. 4TROOPS self-entitled debut album is scheduled for release April 28. The inaugural concert, which was taped Feb. 15, and drew a standing ovation aboard the USS Intrepid, will air in June on the Public Broadcasting Service.

“It has a historic feel to have these four combat veterans producing a product here on the USS Intrepid,” said Victor Hurtado, U.S. Army Soldier Show production director.

Hurtado brought his protégés together to assemble 4TROOPS and served as associate producer for the album.

“Everyone on the production team who has heard the album says that it’s easily the most believable, organic piece of work that they’ve done because (the album) comes from them,” Hurtado said. “There’s nothing strategic or put on about this record — it’s them.

“They are incredible people, incredible former Soldiers, incredible veterans. That’s who they are, and the album relates to their lives, the lives of those that they served with, and the lives of those who continue to serve,” he added.

The singing group’s mission is to share the sacrificial experiences of Soldiers and Army families with the world.

Their emotionally patriotic songs share down-to-earth military life tales that tug at the heartstrings and offer a glimpse into the lives of service members and their families.

“My hope through all of this is that we continue to touch the lives of Americans, of the Armed Forces, and of people across the world,” said Staff Sgt. Ron Henry, who served 20 years on active duty status and was one of five finalists in the inaugural Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Military Idol competition of 2005, since renamed “Operation Rising Star.”

Sgt. Daniel Jens, 36, finished 11th in “America’s Got Talent” during the summer of 2008. That autumn, he performed inside the Installation Management Command’s booth at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention in Washington, and the 234th U.S. Army Birthday Ball in the nation’s capital.

Capt. Meredith Melcher and Sgt. David Clemo performed in the 2004 U.S. Army Soldier Show, an “entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier” annual song-and-dance extravaganza that  tours the world. Clemo also served as the show assistant director.

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