Craig Morgan Honors Military Heroes as CMA Artist of the Day

Craig Morgan
photo by Jason Simanek

Everyone was welcome to come and enjoy Craig Morgan’s performance as the CMA Artist of the Day today (June 7), but it was attending military men and women that he gave a little extra attention to. As he often does.

“I keep thinking that one day I won’t feel that attachment being away from it longer and longer, and next year it won’t be the same, but it’s the same every year,” the former soldier tells Country Weekly. “That’s one thing that I can honestly say, at this point in my life, that will never change. That relationship will never go away. When you do something like that and you share the things that we share, it’s there forever. So it’s pretty neat.”

Craig’s concert on the CMA Close Up Stage in the Music City Center’s Fan Fair X Exhibit Hall paid tribute to U.S. troops with reserved seating for the military and their families. His acoustic set included performances of his most recent hit, “Wake Up Lovin’ You,” and a dedication of the track “If Not Me” to attending soldiers. He also performed his next single, “We’ll Come Back Around.” All three songs are featured on his most recent album, The Journey. Following his performance, Craig held a brief Q&A that included a Facetime conversation with one audience member’s son in Mississippi.

And in a special surprise, he announced a new partnership with MoonPie. Craig will be featured on more than 250,000 eight-count chocolate double-decker MoonPie boxes across the country. Also on the box will be a list of websites where fans can send a free “thank you” MoonPie to our soldiers. In addition, for every box of the marshmallowy goodies sold, a box will be sent overseas. Of course, those in attendance took home one of the yummy confections as well. Craig has actually just returned from Afghanistan himself on his 11th trip entertaining troops overseas.

Did we mention that much of the time Craig was singing, strumming, hugging and cracking jokes he was still in a sling from his recent shoulder surgery? “The pain before the surgery wasn’t as bad as the pain after the surgery,” he said. “Now it’s just kind of like a migraine in my shoulder. It just never stops hurting. Every once in a while I feel a hot knife kind of pain. I’m hoping next week when I go to the doctor, he says I can take the sling off and start a light workout.”

Oh, and for a new way to try your MoonPies, pop one in the microwave for a few seconds. You’re welcome.

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