BENEFITING: PHOENIX PATRIOT FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 12, 2014
Never Quit (Clear the Way)
Performed by: Darrin Isham, Micah Jones, Keith Walker, Ashley Krouse & David Allen
The Phoenix Patriot Foundation's Music Program manager Darrin Isham, brought together a talented group of musicians who created the theme song for the Never Quit Challenge in 2013. The song 'Never Quit' has been nominated for the Rock Single of the year by the Los Angeles Music Awards!
We are raising funds to participate at the LA Music Awards to highlight the Veteran outreach programs that the Phoenix Patriot Foundation produces on behalf of combat wounded veterans. All your donations are tax deductible and help bring awareness to a Patriotic and worthy cause.
Never Quit is a song dedicated to Americas combat veterans on behalf of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation, all proceeds go directly to supporting PPF programs. This song was nominated by the Los Angeles Music Awards Nomination & Press Event held June 19, 2014 in support of 5 musicians who came together including the Phoenix Patriot Band leader Darrin Isham who supported this nomination.
The single track
titled: Never Quit (Clear The Way) featuring the Never Quit Challenge motto, will be utilized as a fundraising platform for the Never Quit Challenge. The Never Quit Challenge (NQC) is an invitational personal watercraft adventure vetted by select military special operations veterans onboard Kawasaki Ultra LX JET SKIs® to benefit select charities to help our wounded veterans and their families. The first NQC was just completed with six teams, comprised of combat veterans and combat wounded veterans, transiting 1,600 miles from Key West, FL to New York City, NY September 6-11, 2013. This year the 2014 Never Quit Challenge begins on September 7 in Morro Bay California and the Veteran group wtih combat wounded ride down the California Coast and out to the Channel Islands and down to San Diego CA.
Darrin Isham, ambassador to the Phoenix Patriot Foundation, is the creator of the music project. Darrin states, “I wanted to bring additional layers of marketing and fundraising platforms to the Never Quit Challenge. Through my interest in music, I thought a theme song would be a great element to add to the NQC that could accomplish this.”
Darrin teamed up with Ashley Krouse, an accomplished singer/songwriter who has supported fundraising events for wounded veterans and just released her first EP “UnCOVERED” which debuted in Nashville, TN August of this year. Both Darrin and Ashley worked together to define a song that would represent the NQC mission of raising awareness and funds to benefit the NQC select charities to help our nation’s wounded veterans and their families. Through Ashley’s network of artists, she was able to bring several musicians together from across the nation to help write and produce the song.
The drum track was completed first by David Allen in Los Angeles, CA. David is a graduate from Musicians Institute (MI) in Hollywood, California. He has toured and opened up for many national acts including Sick Puppies, Middle Class Rut and Authority Zero. His current band, Lost In Atlantis, was handpicked by Kevin Lyman, founder and owner of Vans Warped Tour, to play this year’s VWT2013 festival.
Micah Jones was then brought in to record the lead and electric rhythm guitar sections. He has played with Ashley for several years, and has released his own debut album, "Frames," and several studio albums with Oregon-based band Apple Siders.
After Ashley recorded the lead vocals, and Darrin laid down the bass line, the tracks were sent to Chris Wright Music in Nashville, TN to add the acoustic rhythm section recorded by Keith Walker. Keith is a singer/songwriter who worked closely with Ashley and Darrin on the lyrics and song structure. He released his debut album, “Miles From You” earlier this year, which has been a hit on iTunes making it into the top 100 Country records. Overall, three studios were involved with the creation and production of the NQC theme song.
Darrin adds, “It is our goal to keep the energy and spirit of the NQC alive through this theme song, and we’re hoping to raise significant funds for the charities. A goal of 500,000 downloads by year’s end has been set!”
The song is available for digital download on CD Baby and can be found at the following link:
The song is also available on all major download music sites, to include iTunes. Proceeds from sales of the song will be distributed to benefiting NQC charity the Phoenix Patriot Foundation. Darrin continues, “It is our hope that this song will provide the opportunity for people across the nation to be a part of the Never Quit Challenge and its mission of helping our wounded veterans and their families, by being able to contribute through the purchase of the digital download