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Brazil resident Jonny McLain will take his music to Nashville in June to perform for "Operation Troop Aid." Photo courtesy of Paradise Innovations.
* Musician taking songs to troops

As it turns out, Mr. McLain isn't heading to Washington after all.

Local musician Jonny McLain had scored a gig to perform his song "One Star, One Stripe At A Time," at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., June 13, as part of "Victory in Iraq Day," an ongoing effort by representatives at www.gatheringofeagles.org.

However, backing fell through for the entertainment portion of the performance.

"It's disappointing, but I also understand with the economy the way it is," McLain told The Brazil Times. "It was a really huge opportunity."

The event, which was set up as a way for citizens nationwide to thank troops for efforts and sacrifices, will still go on, but musical performances have been canceled.

Regardless, June is turning into a busy month for the musician. And McLain will still get an opportunity to perform his songs at other venues.

On June 11-12, he has scheduled performances at the Cadillac Ranch in Nashville, Tenn.

He will perform a 30-minute set June 11 and will perform two songs June 12.

McLain will perform for "Operation Troop Aid," a non-profit organization that assists troops with packages from the United States.

He will perform his song, "One Star, One Stripe At A Time," while there.

"It's a great opportunity to be able to go out and support our service men and women and what their doing for the United States of America," McLain said.

McLain is scheduled to perform between 7:20-7:30 p.m., June 11.

Other confirmed performers include Tori Sparks, Katie Armiger, Veronica Ballastrini, Deborah Allen, Keni Thomas, Adam Gregory, JC Anderson, Jeff Sable, Stephen Cochran and The Dirt Brothers, as well as a DJ.

Before the June Nashville shows, McLain has a lot on his plate through the rest of this month.

The 37-year-old will attend the Applause Rising Talent Showcase (ARTS) in Chicago later this month.

At the event, he will have an opportunity to perform a 90-second clip of his original song, "No Wind For My Sail."

McLain said he would be meeting with representatives from Epic and Capitol Records at the event.

"My whole life, I always wanted to do something to make a difference," McLain said. "I always said I don't care if I make a dime. I just wanted to make a difference.

"It's quite a rush. It's a huge rush."

McLain is a 1990 Turkey Run High School graduate and current Clay County resident.

The singer/songwriter penned his first song, "The Weekend," in 2000.

Currently, "One Star, One Stripe At A Time," is available for download at www.paradiseinnovations.com. The single was officially released to the public through the independent management company in March.

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