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Still in the Fight

by Mike Corrado

Released 2011
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Released 2011
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Still in the Fight started from a chance encounter, followed by a challenge and ended up a mission. Mike Corrado, a U.S. Marine and singer/songwriter, known for penning military themed and patriotic songs, received an invite from retired Marine and renowned Combat Artist Michael Fay to perform at an art gallery, which focused on artwork of Wounded Warriors.

Corrado and Fay briefly met in Fallujah, Iraq, 2005, while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Fast-forward six years, that chance encounter turned into a challenge. As Fay and Corrado discussed the art exhibit which was part of the Joe Bonham Project, a reportage art outreach sponsored by the International Society of War Artists, Fay challenged Corrado to pen a song about Wounded Warriors whose lives have been forever changed and though far from the battlefield remain “Still in the Fight” only now, it’s the fight for recovery.

That challenge sent into motion a series of events that resulted in the writing, recording and filming of the Still in the Fight song and video. Corrado has performed at numerous concerts and events to benefit Wounded Warriors and as a service member who has had friends injured on the battlefield, writing the song for them was something he felt immediately compelled to do.

The song was recorded at Whitestone Studios in Greenville, SC owned by Mike’s friend and multi-platinum artist Edwin McCain and produced by veteran producer Noel Golden (matchbox twenty, Edwin McCain, Willie Nelson). Corrado also called in some friends and Wounded Warriors to be part of the recording process and a sounding board to ensure the lyrics, meaning and feel of the song rang true with them and their experiences.

Corrado first reached out to Marine Corporal Aaron Mankin, a Marine he served with in Iraq. Aaron suffered severe burns and is one of a few survivors after the Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) he was riding in hit a massive improvised explosive device (IED) in Iraq. Corrado then reached out to friend and fellow Marine Master Sergeant William "Spanky" Gibson who lost his leg to a sniper round in Iraq then was the first Marine to re-deploy back to combat with a prosthetic leg. Next to join them was Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter who was home convalescing in South Carolina, close to the studio. Kyle sustained injuries after absorbing the majority of a grenade blast during combat operations in Afghanistan. Rounding out the team was another Marine and combat illustrator Robert Bates who’s amazing artwork of Wounded Warriors, troops in combat and moving lifelike portraits of those lost in combat are gaining national attention.

All of the events were caught on tape by video director Gerard Elmore who had produced Corrado’s previous video for “Stand” which has aired on CMT, American Forces Network and more.

The mission of Still in the Fight: telling the stories of our combat Wounded Warriors from their perspective utilizing artwork, music and other avenues to spread the word about their amazing determination, resilience, and sacrifices. To pay our respects to those who may be far from the battlefield but are still in the fight.

Proceeds from the song will benefit Wounded Warriors and their families.

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