GRACIN GOES TO WASHINGTON , 6.13.06
Country artist Josh Gracin has been invited to perform at two of Washington, D.C.’s most prestigious events; the annual President’s Dinner on June 19th and a USO Event at the Pentagon on June 14th, celebrating the Army's 231 years of service to our nation. As a former marine, Gracin is delighted to have been asked to play such a key role in these celebrations.
“Being in our nation’s capitol always has had a special meaning for me,” said Gracin. “Even though my time in the Marines may have expired, I’m happy to know that my passion for music can bring joy to those that continue to serve our country. I’m deeply honored to sing in front of the President of the United States, along with the other people who help make our nation what it is today.”
The President’s Dinner is the largest political gala in Washington, D.C, with 6,000 people in attendance, including Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. This impressive event is produced by a joint committee; the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Also set to perform that evening is Gretchen Wilson, who along with Gracin was one of only two new artists to have three consecutive top five singles in 2005.
On June 14th, the USO is holding an Army birthday celebration at the Pentagon, which pays tribute to our Soldiers and civilians who have sacrificed so much to guarantee our nation’s freedom. The event will be hosted by the Secretary of the Army, and will feature some of the Army's most prestigious ceremonial units from the Military District of Washington (MDW) including the Old Guard's Fife and Drum Corps, Continental Color Guard, and the U.S. Army Chorale. Soldiers, Future Soldiers, veterans and invited guests including 28,000 Pentagon employees are expected. Gracin will be performing after a musical prelude by the U.S. Army Chorale, and the traditional cake-cutting ceremony.
Gracin was one of only two new male performers that had his debut album go Gold last year, and his current single “Favorite State of Mind” from his upcoming album on Lyric Street Records, continues to climb the charts.