Just a month since its dedication to battle homelessness among veterans, “I Am An American,” the acclaimed new symphonic ode to patriotism from legendary music pioneer and co-creator of “The Philadelphia Sound” Kenny Gamble, has been catapulted to the field of the ultimate military sports combat – the 110th Army/Navy game.
The song will be heard throughout Lincoln Financial Field during pre-game ceremonies on tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 12) while images from the newly released DVD/CD commemorative package, I Am An American: The Making of An Anthem , will be featured on video screens in and around the stadium.
I Am An American: The Making of An Anthem, is a documentary revealing Gamble’s decades-long mission and behind-the-scenes work to ultimately bring modern relevance to this traditional song through his lifelong friend, fellow “Philly Soul” legend Patti LaBelle, and the Temple University Symphony & Choir.
Gamble is indefinitely committed to addressing homeless veterans – “our greatest patriots.”
“At a time of change in history, I believe America has a renewed feeling of patriotism. I’m proud to have produced a song in hopes of keeping that spirit alive through music and the message it gives,” Gamble told RareSoul.com in a statement.
Gamble is a multiple Grammy-winning producer-songwriter whose “message” songs comprised most of his hundreds of classic hits with partner Leon Huff such as “Love Train,” “For the Love of Money” and “Me and Mrs. Jones.”
“It is even more of an honor to have the opportunity to share it during the Army/Navy game, Gamble said. “It is my hope that we as Americans continue to have the renewed sense of pride and patriotism that ‘I Am An American’ inspires.”
From Air America to Access Hollywood, “I Am An American” has been hailed by media nationwide since its 2008 release.
The 45-minute documentary follows Gamble through the “I Am American” recording process at the Kimmel Center with the Temple University orchestra and choirs, and goes behind the scenes into the legendary Philadelphia International Records studio with the iconic Ms. LaBelle.
“I decided to produce what I like to call ‘A New Anthem for America,’ and a DVD to tell the story of its origin and journey,” said Gamble. “It’s a song all Americans can relate to and be proud of. Its message reminds us that no matter what race, creed or color, we are all one as Americans.”