Wendy Mudrow Nelson also known (on stage & album) as Lantern Lane has hopped on the bandwagon taking her talents on the road, to share her music and raise funds for our soldiers serving in Iraq.
Teaming up with Nashville music chart climbing star Kenny Lee and other artists through “Project Troops-Artists Who Care” the Southern Tour starts April 19 in Nashville and later on in Atlanta.
She said through her music, “I feel and express other’s pain, I feel I can relate to pain that others experienced”.
She shared an experience, about a grieving mother, who had asked Wendy to write a song about her losing her son during the war in Iraq. Her son was her only child. He was driven to join the military after the events of 9/11. He was a medic. The song was titled “Nadia’s song . . .song for Patrick”.
Why do you have benefits and fundraisers for the military? “9/11 was a wake up call for America, it really hit home to protect our freedom, our constitution, our way of life. We took a lot for granted up to that point,” explained Nelson. Then she started to search online such websites as: letterstosoldiers.org and anysoldier.com. She sent letters and read about their situations in Iraq. The poor conditions the military doctors had to work in, for instance they didn’t have clean scrubs to change into, and they didn’t have nail clippers to trim their nails. They needed help she wondered how she could help more than through song.
Then Wendy heard the music of Tamra Lynn Smith,Independent Music artist. Tamra has had a #1 song on the Independent Music Charts. Wendy met her about 2 years ago at a soldier benefit concert with Dan Truman and Diamond Rio. Tamra and Wendy decided to start “Project Troops-Artists Who Care”. Tamra had a son serving in Iraq. She is a lyricist and needed a co-writer and musician. “Freedom is staying with a cause,” reasoned Wendy.
Since then we joined together, we have had 14 songs hit the top 30 of the “Indie”charts. The listeners vote online at iheartradio.com each listener can vote once a week for their favorite song. Lantern Lane aka Wendy went to #8 with song “My Prayers Are With You Soldiers”.
She reflected back on early patriotism, when she was in 1st grade, she entered a PTA poetry contest, the theme was “America” she won 1st place. She said she never forgot that poem.
by Wendy Mudrow
America is a special joy
for every little girl and boy
I love its flag so very fair
I love its places everywhere
Where does she get such a high regard for freedom? “
The value of freedom came from my father, Dieter Mudrow. He got out of East Germany during World War II at the age of 14. He lived in West Germany for four years, before he got a sponsor and was able to come to America. He and his family were scattered for a time before they were reunited”.
Wendy’s mother, Eva, who is originally from Wyoming, has also helped instill this grateful attitude for freedom, sharing the memories of her husband’s experiences and the precious souvenirs he was able to carry with him all these years.
One of these souvenirs is a clock that has a hole in it. Her father’s family had a clock that was sitting in their window when it was shot at by the soldiers, the clock basically stopped the bullet. Deiter Mudrow has had the clock restored.
“My dad could only carry a few items with him when they left,” she explained,” so he basically had the clothes on his back and a zither which is a small instrument like a harp. He plays that at Christmas time for the family.”
Wendy has lived in Morgan most of her life. Starting as a baby living with her parents in Devil’s Slide in one of the small homes built for the Cement Plant employees.
Her family then moved to Morgan when she was eight years old.
She attended Morgan schools then went on to Ricks College in Idaho, served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bristol, England.
Upon her return from her mission, she attended college where completed a course to be a travel agent.
Afterwards Wendy got married and started a family. She has had three children, one son and two daughters. She is now divorced.
You are always greeted with her smile, Wendy remains optimistic about life.”Right people are placed in our lives at the right time,” explained Wendy, about the fortunate opportunities that have come her way.
Some opportunities as being the opening acts for such artists as: Kenneth Cope, when he was performing in Layton; the Osmonds 2nd Generation, in Salt Lake City and the Ray Charles Band, in Park City.
Lantern Lane has toured Chicago twice, and has done two concerts in Ogden.
Now featured on Lantern Lane’s face book page: “the Southern Tour with Project Troops-Artists Who Care, brings to you ‘A Celebration of America and Our Soldiers’ will begin in the Nashville,Tennessee area from April 19- 24 with shows.” Project Troops - Artists who Care by Tamra Lynn Smith, Lantern Lane & friends (including Kennie Lee, and Jamie Willis)
The itinerary is as follows:
Wednesday,April 20, Concert/Dance Party at Preston Hotel in Nashville,TN 8 p.m.-midnight.
Thursday, April 21, to be announced (TBA) in Nashville
Friday, April 22,* Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Murfeesboro, TN 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
“Legend Corner Parkway in Nashville,TN 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, Apr23, Nashville venue TBA
Monday April 25, * VA Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
“Barbecue and Tribute To Our Troops Concert at American Legion Post 145 in Douglasville,GA 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27 *VA Medical Center, in Augusta,GA 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 28 Private Barbecue/Concert/Pool Party in Marietta, GA
On Wendy’s aka Lantern Lane’s facebook page, she wrote, “We want to take you with us” So please write a note for our soldiers and veterans here on our wall. We will share your sentiments with the soldiers and veterans on this tour!” She also mentioned, “that will mean as much as having you there with us. I look forward to hearing and sharing your support with our heroes. Please take a few minutes to do this. It will mean everything! I’m so proud to be an American! Thanks all.”
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