PLATINUM SELLING MUSICIAN AND AUTHOR-MARK SCHULTZ-PENS SIMON & SCHUSTER NOVEL LETTERS FROM WAR; 50,000 UNITS PRE-SOLD FOR FORTHCOMING INSTRUMENAL ALBUM- RENAISSANCE
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US ARMY COMMISSIONS LETTERS FROM WAR FOR CENTER PIECE OF “BE SAFE- MAKE IT HOME” CAMPAIGN
New York, NY – (August 5, 2011) Platinum selling recording artist, author and activist, Mark Schultz, readies to release his new SIMON & SCHUSTER Novel LETTERS FROM WAR. The composition tells the story of a mother’s unwavering hope and steadfast prayers for her son to return from war. All stems from the success of his critically acclaimed hit single, “LETTERS FROM WAR.” After 10 #1’s on the CHR charts, the success of this track gained him #4 AC Slot and held steady at the #6 position on the AC charts for several weeks. Mark revels, “‘Letters From War’, the song, gets a standing ovation every night we perform. It honors those who serve as well as their families. I wanted to write a book that would inspire and encourage a new generation who enjoy those freedoms.”
Such buzz in the industry coupled with the excitement and encouragement among troops garnered the eyes and ears of the US ARMY to commission a music video for the top charting single, donning as centerpiece of their “BE SAFE- MAKE IT HOME” Campaign. This campaign was put into place with aim to allow soldiers a safe journey home and a positive transition into civilian life. The song has become the theme for many Armed Forces Facilities across America inspiring Schultz to tour and perform the anthem throughout.
Massive acclaim came from leading officials across these bases; with much of the recognition mirroring the praise came of Colonel William H. Mott, Commander 37th Training Wing, Lackland Airforce Base, “…Mark Schultz’s involvement in the Armed Forces is without a doubt transformational. His concern, interest and connection is truly motivating and will stay with us for a lifetime.” Some of his contemporaries also have commented on Schultz’s recent high flying career-
“The first time I heard Mark Schultz’s song, Letters from War, I was speechless. Now, seeing the heart of that message poured into a full-length novel, I’m not just speechless, but amazed at the sacrifice our men and women in uniform—and their families—so willingly make to protect our freedom. Thanks, Mark, for reminding us all of the cost of liberty.”
-- Dave Ramsey, host of The Dave Ramsey Show and best-selling author of The Total Money Makeover
"As Americans we understand and admire the courage and strength of our military, but now Mark Schultz has taken us into the hearts of these freedom fighters. We, as the reader, can almost feel the love, worry, and pain that they and their families experience during their service."
-- Lee Greenwood, multi-platinum-selling recording artist, Grammy Award winner, composer/singer of "God Bless the USA"
Schultz will be supporting the release of the book with his debut instrumental album RENAISSANCE, which has already pre-sold an astonishing 50,000 units before its National release later this year. With one listen to this album listeners can see the imagery that was reflected from a journey that Schultz took while living in Europe for 9 months to get the inspiration for this album and the book. From the Beaches of Normandy to the golden fields of Tuscany to the magic of Paris at night truly shows the intricate tapestry of this album. The album assuredly sets the tone for his continued prowess in heartfelt composing amidst his already established audience and emerging listeners.