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Songwriters Steve Dean and Don Goodman, Operation Song

Steve Dean

Don Goodman

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  • How a dream can launch a career
  • How music facilitates healing
  • How Operation Song reaches veterans with a creative way to conquer PTSD

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Nashville singer/songwriter Steve Dean has co-written six number one Billboard country hits, including the most played song on Country Radio in 2007 and Country AirCheck's Song of the Decade in 2017, "Watching You" for Rodney Atkins, the Grammy nominated "It Takes A Little Rain" for The Oak Ridge Boys, "Southern Star" for Alabama, "Round About Way" for George Strait, "Hearts Aren't Made To Break" for Lee Greenwood, "Walk On" for Reba McEntire, two number one bluegrass hits, "New Day Dawning" and "No More Lonely" for The Roys, one number one independent country hit, "3935 West End Avenue" for Mason Dixon, as well as two Billboard top 10 hits, two Billboard top 20 hits and four Billboard top 40 hits.

On the home page of his website he states: Don Goodman and I travel to Chattanooga, TN, every Wednesday to write songs with Veterans, World War II to Iraq, to help them tell their story through the healing power of music.

Don Goodman began writing songs in 1961. He has an extensive list of hit songs. In 1986 he co-wrote the country music classic, “Ol Red” sung by Blake Shelton.

Operation Song™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Nashville, Tennessee. Their mission is to empower veterans, active duty military, and their families to tell their stories through the process of songwriting.

Operation SongTM songwriting programs create an opportunity to transform service-related issues, injuries and illnesses into a structured, musical outlet as an enhancement of traditional therapies and/or treatments.

Since 2012, the organization has written over 600 songs with veterans of WWII to those currently serving. They hold weekly workshops in Middle Tennessee and sponsor events and group retreats throughout the U.S. They do not require a musical background for participation, only the desire of the veteran to tell their story.

Kerry McCoy with Don Goodman and Steve Dean  Kerry McCoy with Steve Dean and Don Goodman

Local events include:

  • April 26th at 6 pm - MacArthur Museum of Arkansas History meet and greet
  • April 27th at 6 pm - MacArthur Museum of Arkansas History - A concert where songwriters will perform the veterans song that were written Saturday morning


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