Saturday, 9 June, 2007 11:59 AM
New CD Sends "Love &
Prayers" to Soldiers
& Teens Release Song to Show Support for Troops and Their Kids
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
“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
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
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
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.