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Members of a cappella singing group Voice Avenue recently took a break from their 2010 holiday concert tour with Christian singer Michael W. Smith to visit with troops at USO Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. The group will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the download of its song, “Wishing on a Christmas Star,” to the USO in support of the troops. USO photosMembers of a cappella singing group Voice Avenue recently took a break from their 2010 holiday concert tour with Christian singer Michael W. Smith to visit with troops at USO Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. The group will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the download of its song, “Wishing on a Christmas Star,” to the USO in support of the troops. USO photosCurrently on a holiday concert tour with Christian singer Michael W. Smith, Voice Avenue is lending its support to our troops this holiday season.

The a cappella group has pledged to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the download of its song “Wishing on a Christmas Star,” to the USO. The song was written as a tribute to military families who are away from their loved ones during the Christmas season, said Voice Avenue member Garland Phillips.

“My father Randy Phillips wrote the song Wishing on a Christmas Star earlier this year specifically for Voice Avenue after his visit to Ft. Hood, Texas, where he and our church family helped feed over 1,700 families,” she said.

The group has expanded its support from simply donating proceeds to making appearances. The members have taken time from their busy tour schedule to meet with troops at USO Centers in the cities where they’re performing across the country.

It’s no surprise that this group would offer its support to the military. Many have relatives in the military.

“We are blessed to live in a country that stands for freedom. So many men and women have dedicated their lives to protecting the liberty we enjoy as a nation,” said Voice Avenue member Bryan Sanders. “I’ve always been inspired by the willingness and bravery of those who serve in our military. After recently graduating college, I am strongly considering going into the Marines. Playing a role in defending our country would be both an honor and a privilege.”

The group got its start at Lee University where all of the members were part of the Voice of Lee, the university’s premier vocal ensemble. Most of the members have been singing together for more than four years.

“Many of us came into the group and graduated at different times,” said member Lauren Ramkissoon. “We were then brought together by our director, Danny Murray to audition for the reality TV show on NBC called the Sing Off. After the show we were inspired to keep the group intact and continue singing together.”

For Voice Avenue’s tour dates or to listen to “Wishing on a Christmas Star,” please visit the Voice Avenue website.

Samantha L. Quigley is the editor in chief of ON★PATROL.