WHO'S NEW: KENI THOMAS
ON THE CHARTS:
"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."
"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."
"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.