WHO'S NEW: KENI THOMAS

ON THE CHARTS:
"Not Me"

SOUTHERN MAN
"I grew up in Gainesville, Fla., where Tom Petty is from - that's our claim to fame. Now I live in Columbus, Ga., on the Chattahoochee River."

BATTLE TESTED
"I joined the Army in '91. As a member of the Special Operations Task Force Rangers, I was part of the unit sent into downtown Mogadishu, Somalia, in search of a criminal warlord. You may know the battle from the book and movie Black Hawk Down. We lost 18 Americans in that fight, and another 78 were wounded."

AT EASE
"I promised myself a long time ago that if the music paid the mortgage, I'd quit the Army and do it full time. But my military experience is still a huge emotional motivator."

A SOLDIER'S SONGS
"It's been a while since someone did a concept record, and that's what my album is. These are stories that any soldier will tell you, from any time period - whether it's Iwo Jima or Normandy, Vietnam or Korea, and certainly Afghanistan and Iraq. It's about brotherhood, honor and family."

Keni's first solo album, Flags of Our Fathers - A Soldier's Story, is in stores now.

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