The Singing Soldiers, Chris Earl and Graham Trude are making their way across Canada bringing music and entertainment to raise money and awareness for Wounded Warriors Canada mental health programs.
“Our goal is to break down the stigma surrounding PTSD and bring awareness to the many programs and support available to all frontline personnel, military members and their families,” said Earl. “There is a naturally strong bond between all emergency personnel and members of the CAF and the Singing Soldiers bring that together through our songs and stories.”
Trude is an Afghanistan Veteran, now serving as a First Responder and is an award-winning songwriter and Nashville recording artist. Earl, is a serving member of the CAF, a veteran to the music industry, a Nashville recording artist, and chorus entertainment rising star winner.
Together, they have joined forces to end the stigma against mental health in the CAF community.
“This means everything to me and has become a strong point in my life. As someone who suffers from PTSD, I cannot express enough how important the awareness and programming support is for so many frontline men and women,” says Trude.
Both have been appointed as National Ambassadors with WW Canada and hope to share their message with as many people as possible during their tour.
The Singing Soldiers are planning to play at as many Canadian Armed Forces Bases, with discussions to bring the show overseas.
Not only are they in partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada, but they are also working closely with the Canadian Military Wives Choirs, and local branches to share the stage as much as possible.
“The programs Wounded Warriors support are making a difference for those that know where to find them, and there is a wait list of people who need this help. Our goal is to help raise the necessary awareness and funds to continue this amazing support,” says Earl. “It’s an absolute honour and privilege for Graham and I to hold this title and to have this opportunity to share such a powerful message.”
The Singing Soldiers are playing a concert at the Royal Canadian Legion in Deep River, Ontario on April 20 with the Canadian Military Wives Choir Petawawa, and Bruce Worthington and the Beresfords. Tickets are still available for purchase. For more information about the Singing Soldiers and their concerts visit the their website.