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Ayla Brown talks about performing in Afghanistan

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Megan Schiebe

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When a lot of us think of Ayla Brown, we immediately think about her magnetizing performances on American idol when she performed through to the week of the top 16 and mesmerized us with her remarkable voice.  But how many of us are aware of the fact that she recently completed a trip to Afghanistan and performed in front of thousands of marines and soldiers with the “Feeding Freedom” program, a campaign sponsored by Outback Steakhouse?  This increasingly popular annual campaign is a phenomenal program which feeds our troops and brings them a taste of home, which was a terrific opportunity for Ayla when she was chosen to perform with this campaign. “It was amazing to see the marines and soldiers and air-forces’ faces…to be able to go and relax at a concert that me and my band would put on for them and it made me feel very grounded and fortunate that I was able to do everything I wanted to do every single day and I definitely took for granted everything these men and women do for us in this country”.
As you listen to our interview, you are compelled by Ayla’s experiences, of what it was like traveling for more than 24 hours to reach Afghanistan through airports in Kyrgyzstan and Russia and her humbling moments of meeting so many of our troops and their tremendous enthusiasm at being able to see a US band fly out there to perform for them. 
Ayla is currently writing and has a few shows lined up in Nashville.  Take a look at our interview.