Younger members of the Stuttgart Military Community dance in front of the stage as Country music singer Ayla Brown, American Idol season 5 contestant, performs her last song during the Armed Forces Entertainment concert.
Story and photos by Kevin S. Abel
Armed Forces Entertainment has joined forces with Country Music singer Ayla Brown and Hope for the Day motivational speakers Shayla Rivera and Jonny Boucher to raise awareness during National Suicide Prevention Month.
Hope For The Day’s vision is to bring communities together in order to shed light on the unfortunate topics of depression and suicide, while reducing suicide rates, inspiring and empowering those who need help, to get help.
Their wish is to share the deeply personal connection creativity can have in fostering an environment of positive change to the suffering.
They view art and music as a highway to the heart; two things that have allowed humanity to express our emotions for millennia.
Ayla Brown is an American country music recording artist and a contestant on American Idol, season 5 in 2006 , she placed in the top 16. Shortly after the season’s conclusion, Brown attended Boston College on a full basketball scholarship, and graduated in 2010 with a communications degree.
She is the sixth leading scorer in Massachusetts basketball history, male or female, a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year, and was named the top female basketball player in Massachusetts.
Recognized as a pioneer and entrepreneur, Brown founded and owns her own record company, Ambient Entertainment.
Having a keen eye for business and building mutually successful partnerships, Brown enjoys outstanding corporate relationships with the likes of Hilton Hotels, Texas Roadhouse and Concerned Veterans For America.
Brown has performed overseas three times, before her current tour that brought her to Stuttgart, to American troops in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt.
In November of 2012, Ayla released her second album Heroes & Hometowns and achieved a life-long dream of performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.
Since the album’s release, Heroes & Hometowns has peaked at number one on Amazon MP3 and number 51 on iTunes. Every member of the Stuttgart Military Community that attended the concert was treated to this album autographed by Brown.
Published Sept. 8, 2016 in the Stuttgart Citizen