Newly signed Show Dog Nashville recording artist and eminently respected music maker Mac McAnally has pledged to donate all his artist royalties from his debut single "You First" released on April 27 to the Wounded Warriors Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
The commitment to helping wounded soldiers fits well with the song's theme of brotherly love. The single, which is available through all digital music retailers, is prelude to a full album expected to be completed in June as McAnally works recording into his touring schedule.
A longtime member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer band, Mac has been on the road much of this year. Beyond his artist career, musician commitments and other musical endeavors, McAnally is well known as one of the most successful songwriters of his era. And to that end he will be performing May 1 and 2 in Key West at performing rights organization ASCAP's annual songwriter's festival. Of course, it was Mac who wrote the recent No. 1 hit "Down The Road" for Kenny Chesney. And Chesney is so enamored of Mac's hugely successful body of work he brought him into the studio to add his vocals to the song.
"Mac McAnally is the best kind of songwriter," Chesney said recently. "With a couple chords and few lines, he opens up whole worlds... worlds that are exactly where you came from, places you know by heart and people who made you who you are today. It is so simple, yet nobody else can take you to those places -- or make you feel so at home in the space of three minutes. But that's why Mac is the songwriter everybody wishes they could be." And with the release of "You First" and the donation of its proceeds to those in need, Mac McAnally has the chance to contribute even more than he already has with music alone.
About Wounded Warrior Project: Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP serves to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. For more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.