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Brian Stowe, of Elkmont, Ala., joined the Army in June of 2008. He attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training as a human resources specialist at Fort Jackson, S.C. Since his enlistment, he has deployed twice. The first time he spent 7 months in Iraq. Now, he is deployed to Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan with Task Force Knighthawk, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division’s 10th Combat Aviation Brigade.
But Stowe is not your typical soldier, his musical ambitions have led him and his band to a recording contract in a Christian Contemporary genre.
“I sent my song to them, not really looking for a contract so much,” he explained. “I was really hoping for a critique and just wanting to know what they would think.”
In June 2010, Stowe received a call from a recording company and was offered a contract. “I was a bit overjoyed,” he recalled, “then a little disappointed, because we were about to deploy,” he stated. But the executives of the company said they were willing to wait. “They told me we could start recording once I returned,” Stowe said, “so it looks like [in] November or December I’ll take some leave and start recording.”
Stowe is the lead singer of his group. He sings alongside his younger bother Jonathan, on bass, and his school friend Brittany Gibson, on guitar. The band has been playing together since high school.
Anyone else out there “play and fight”?
To learn more about Stowe and his band, please visit Military.com.