Anthony Kearns, Veterans, Air Force Band
On Veteran's Day, Tenor Anthony Kearns made his debut with the U.S. Air Force Band in the live broadcast of "America's Veterans: A Musical Tribute." The hour-long program is still available on the live-stream at www.mpt.org/americasveterans#live.
The Air Force concert features vignettes about brave military members from each branch of service and guest performances by Mr. Kearns of The Irish Tenors, and Ruben Studdard. Both artists rose to fame after winning national singing competitions: Kearns won "Ireland's Search for a Tenor" in 1993 and Studdard (a.k.a "The Velvet Teddy Bear") won "American Idol" ten years later.
Mr. Kearns said he was honored to sing with the U.S. Air Force Band and to perform at military benefits as his way of "giving back to those who protect and defend freedom around the globe."
During the Veteran's Day program, Kearns sings a sensational rendition of "Bring Him Home" from the famous musical Les Miserables based on the novel by Victor Hugo. French composer Claude-Michel Schonberg composed the Tony Award-winning score in 1980. The motion-picture adaptation of this global box-office hit comes to the silver screen in December 2012.
Mr. Kearns also sings, for the first time, "O' America," a beautiful song resulting from a collaborative effort between Irish songwriter Brendan Graham and American William Joseph. Graham also wrote "You Raise Me Up" with Rolf Loveland, and "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears," performed by The Irish Tenors during their first PBS Special, "Live from Ellis Island."