#1 Billboard Country Artist Raymond Harris joins forces with 
The Red, White and Blue Project!
 
Congratulations to Raymond!!!
YouTube views for the making of his new single, "Sweet" 
have surpassed 1 Million 

      #1 Billboard Country Music Artist Raymond Harris, a commanding stage presence and tireless supporter of the U.S. military, its veterans from ALL eras, as well as their families and friends, has joined forces with The Red, White and Blue Project to entertain and advocate during many of our non-profit benefit events across the country.

      One of our on-going programs, the "Hometown Heroes Tour," under our "Operation Homefront" schedule of events, consists of music concerts, combined with special guest appearances by luminaries from the sports and entertainment world. The focus of these benefit events is to not only entertain audiences, but more importantly to commemorate and pay tribute to all veterans, especially those courageous men and women who have given their lives in service to America.

      Monetary gifts from each event are made by The Red, White and Blue Project to Memorial and Academic Scholarship Funds, as well as school-related organizations such as athletic booster clubs, in the name(s) of fallen local heroes. We are dedicated to paying it forward and leaving a lasting legacy to Americans who have paid the ultimate price for freedom.

      Raymond Harris, based in Nashville, is no stranger to service on behalf of the U.S. Armed Forces at dozens of military installations across the country. Following the success of his debut album, "Hurt by the Best," which reached #1 on the Billboard Charts, Raymond went "on the road," performing in an unconventional, yet highly rewarding manner from that of his contemporaries.

      Raymond has shared the stage with industry giants and has performed at hundreds of venues, from the Grand Ole Opry and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, to the Roxy in Hollywood and headlining the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. He's performed with icons the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company and many others.

      However, after a guest appearance on The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno and CMT, Raymond instead chose to perform at dozens of military installations around the country, from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., and Minot AFB, N.D., with the help of grassroots, business and corporate sponsorship.

      After a special invitation and dignitary visit at The Pentagon, Raymond was awarded one of his 77 "Coins of Excellence" from the Department of Defense for entertaining U.S. Troops.

      Raymond, recalling a concert at Davis-Monthan AFB, told Phil Sweetland of The New York Times, "The best thing in the world is shaking their (military members) hands, you know, meeting them one-on-one.

      "I met some troops on the flight line, straight off the plane from overseas . . . you feel it when you shake their hands. It's incredible!"

      Raymond Harris has never forgotten his roots. In fact, he relishes in the fact that "you can take the boy out of the country, but never the country out of the boy." He was born, raised and graduated high school in Byron, Michigan, a small Shiawassee County farming community about an hour northwest of Detroit.

Raymond's latest single, "Sweet," is due out on country radio stations at the end of May and it's available now on

www.itunes.com and www.cdbaby.com The behind the scenes making of "Sweet" can be seen on YouTube by going to Raymond Harris (Sweet).

      About partnering with The Red, White and Blue Project, Raymond said, "These guys and gals are doing remarkable work, not only in their direct service, support and advocacy of the military, its veterans and families, but in their filmmaking and musical talents. They're touching so many people, around the world actually, from students of all ages to our parents and grandparents. I'm honored to be a part of their team. We're a great fit."


 
 Raymond and country music artist Wynonna Judd at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville 

From left, our Nashville friends and "teammates," Ron Fairchild, Freddy Satterfield, Raymond Harris and Greg Jennings. Ron (keyboards, bass) and Freddy (drums), played with legendary gospel-country icon, The Oakridge Boys, while Greg (lead guitar), who has played with such greats as Vince Gill, was an original and long-standing member of "Restless Heart," a country music and adult contemporary band that released seven studio albums (four of which went Gold) and an amazing 26 singles that entered the Billboard country charts (with six of them going to No. 1). The guys are strong advocates for the U.S. military, veterans and their families. Their performances on Raymond's new single, "Sweet," available on itunes and cdbaby (with links on this page), are . . . well, SWEET! A portion of each download purchase goes to The Red, White and Blue Project to further its not-for-profit mission and we couldn't be prouder than to have our friends join us.
 

Instead of always signing autographs, Raymond Harris turned the tables, collecting "autographs" on guitars from the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces he's entertained at dozens of American installations. One of the most humble, hard-working individuals you could ever meet, Raymond said, "I'm hoping to shake the hands and perform for many, many more of these brave Americans, their families and friends."  

 





An excited Raymond prior to his guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno