Fort Lee Spiritual Fitness Concert Features Grammy Winner, Actress

FORT LEE, Va. (July 16, 2009) – A Grammy winning national artist is scheduled to perform in a free Spiritual Fitness Concert Wednesday at Fort Lee’s Williams Stadium.

An early arrival of 6p.m. is encouraged.

Rebecca St. James will perform with special guest Jeremy Riddle at the concert. With nine of her songs reaching number one on the charts, Rebecca St. James is a household name in Christian music.

“Our next Spiritual Fitness Concert should be our biggest yet,” said Chaplain (Maj.) Lonnie Locke. “With a Grammy-winner performing, we hope to fill Williams Stadium.”

No stranger to Soldiers, Rebecca St. James performed at Fort Hood in 2006 as part of Operation Straight Up. In 2003, she dedicated her song, “I Thank You,” to the military and brought awareness to Soldiers when she read their letters on a national news station.

The pop-rock singer is known for her chart-topping songs, “Wait for Me,” “I Thank You,” “Alive” and “If I had One Chance.” What many may not know about St. James is that she is also an author and actress. Her book, “Loved: Stories of Forgiveness,” is on the way and she acts in the movie “Faith of Our Fathers” with Stephen Baldwin and Candice Cameron that is scheduled to hit theaters in 2010.

Jeremy Riddle describes his music as filling the gap between the “now and not yet.” Worship leader to full-time musician in just a matter of years, Riddle’s songs reached popularity on Christian stations quickly. His song, “Sweetly Broken,” was AC Christian Radio’s sixth most-played song of the year.

“We have been blessed to tap into a long list of award-winning artists for this concert series,” said Locke. “The chosen artists strive to bring spiritual healing to the Army Family.”

A suicide prevention and awareness presentation will be given before the concert for Soldiers and community members who would like to attend.

At 7 p.m., motivational speaker, singer and songwriter Theresa Sareo will talk about her journey of survival and coping with trauma.

After being hit by an impaired driver in 2002, Sareo awoke in a hospital bed to learn that the accident claimed her right leg. After months of physical and emotional rehabilitation, she began a journey to reclaim her life and career.

Sareo wants her message to help people understand trauma recovery and disability issues while demonstrating the power to cope with life’s challenges and develop a sense of purpose.

“It’s important that we add a new approach to suicide awareness and prevention training,” said Locke. “In addition to the message to Soldiers not to commit suicide, we want them to think about how much there is to live for, that there is hope.”

Sareo’s message has enlightened medical, academic, military, political and social fields with her story of survival. Sareo has appeared on television shows, Larry King Live and Law & Order, and she has traveled the country’s hospitals, educational institutions, and military installations spreading her message. Her song, “Through a Soldier’s Eyes,” has become a heartfelt anthem for wounded military members and their Families.

The concert and presentation are free and attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and coolers no larger than 6x6x12. Signs will direct guests to concert parking areas.

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Lee Playhouse.