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Saturday, 9 June, 2007 11:59 AM

New CD Sends "Love & Prayers" to Soldiers

Pre-Teens & Teens Release Song to Show Support for Troops and Their Kids

By Shaun Royer
muzdanz@aol.com

The battlefield for the war in Iraq is thousands of miles away; but thousands of families across the United States feel the impact every day. They are the families of our soldiers, families who each day, pray for the safety of our troops. Among those saying their prayers are children whose parents are serving in the military. Unlike wars of earlier eras with mostly male soldiers, it’s not just the dads who are in enemy territory in Iraq. More moms are also serving in the military. That means today’s military kids face the possibility of losing their mom or dad.

Now seven young kids are using their voices to reach out to soldiers and their families. “Spectrum,” is a group of singers ranging in age from 9 years old to 14 years old, from The Woodlands, Texas area. They’ve been deeply moved and inspired by the sacrifices of military families. The true cost of war became very real to the young singers when a soldier from The Woodlands was killed in Iraq. The kids wanted to share their feelings and show their support for the troops. They also wanted to encourage other people to say a prayer for our soldiers.

So they came up with a song titled “Love & Prayers” which is now available on CD, along with a ‘Love & Prayers’ bracelet. The young artists hope their message will create a groundswell of support for the troops that will ultimately sweep the nation. Spectrum is donating a portion of all CD sales to a memorial fund for fallen soldiers and for children affected by war.

“It’s really cool how many people are interested in our song,” says “Spectrum” member, 10-year-old Milan Nolan. “We just wanted to help other kids. I really missed my mom when she went on a business trip—I think I’d cry every night if she went to Iraq.”

Shaun Dante Royer is a choreographer, teacher and VP of RTF Productions, a media studio dedicated to creating wholesome entertainment for ‘tweens. He’s been working with Spectrum and is proud of their wholehearted desire to help other kids. He also hopes their song will encourage people to show support for the troops and their families.

“I hope the government remembers that it is not only the troops that are affected by their decisions,” says Royer. “There are thousands and thousands of children here in the U.S. that are left behind without a mother or father. Who is looking out for them?”

Royer is hopeful that churches, stores, and distributors will decide to sell the CD and bracelets to help spread Spectrum’s message and of course, donate to a scholarship fund and memorial fund for fallen soldiers’ families.

For more information about the performers and to purchase the “Love & Prayers” CD, go to: www.loveandprayers.net

About Spectrum
Spectrum is a group of seven (7) students involved in a real world learning and training experience for voice, dance and acting. The group consists of Jacob Muck, age 13; Nick Venzin, age 14; Katelyn Ary, age 11; Milan Nolen, age 9; Chelsea Rundell, age 14; Joel Reynolds, age 14; and Reagan Reynolds, age 11.

They are very excited that this inspirational song has come from their hard work and training. For more information about the performers and a sample of their work please check out www.loveandprayers.net or www.shaunroyer.com.

About Shaun “Dante” Royer
Shaun "Dante" Royer is a former Prevention Specialist for the San Antonio Council on Alcohol abuse. He then went on to be a Director at the Desisto School in which he worked with and counseled at-risk use through the group therapy sessions and theater training.

Currently, he is the VP of RTF Productions, a media studio dedicated to creating wholesome entertainment for the ‘tween market.

Danté is the founder of the Rising Arts Center, former choreographer for the Texas Ballet Concerto, former co-director and choreographer of Arts in Motion and has taught at The Edge in Los Angeles, as well as at Broadway Dance Center (NYC); Professional Performing Arts School (NYC); Harvard University (Cambridge, MA); Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio); and Trinity University (San Antonio). His clients include Hillary and Haley Duff, Christina Aguielera, Justin Timeberlake and others.

 

 

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