Roots & American Music Society (RAMS), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and record label based in Memphis, TN, has teamed with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to orchestrate and create a meaningful recording project titled LOVE LIVES ON. The compilation spotlights 10 original and personal songs that honor the lives and dedication of our servicemen and women, and the sacrifice of fallen military heroes.
Working alongside TAPS, which recently celebrated its 25th year providing care for the families of American fallen military heroes, the label and its award-winning producers (Jimmy Nichols/Frank Myers) paired military families, who have lost a loved one, with some of the industry’s most notable hit songwriters (Gary Baker/Greg Barnhill/Liz Hengber/Brett Jones/Billy Montana/Phil O’Donnell and more) to bring to life heart-wrenching musical diaries as personal insights and recollections in remembrance of military heroes.
Poised to be a "vocal event,” Vince Gill, Billy Ray Cyrus, John Rich, Lonestar, the Gatlin Brothers,
All-4-One, Pam Tillis, Lee Roy Parnell, Paul Overstreet, T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang, Deborah Allen and many others lent their time and vocal talents to perform. A-list studio and touring musicians who appear on the album include Vinnie Colaiuta, Eric Darken, Dan Huff, David Hungate (Toto) and David Pack (Ambrosia).
The title track, “Love Lives On,” is a collaboration written by Bonnie Carroll (TAPS Founder and President), Richie McDonald (Lonestar) and producers Frank Myers and Jimmy Nichols.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors was founded by Bonnie Carroll in 1994. TAPS cares for all those grieving a military loss -- wives, husbands, children, battle buddies, siblings, grandparents, etc.
The death of Bonnie Carroll's husband, BG Tom Carroll, USA, in a training accident in Alaska, inspired her to create TAPS so no military survivors would ever be alone. On Tom's headstone, Bonnie inscribed, "Love Lives On." It became the inspiration for the TAPS album.
In 2015, in recognition of her work for military families, Bonnie Carroll received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Today, TAPS is caring for over 90,000 military loved ones and welcomes an average of 19 new survivors every day.