The video for "Drink Along Song,” the most recent single from Average Joes Entertainment artists Montgomery Gentry, which premieres beneath, comprises a few of the final stay footage of Troy Gentry previous to his tragic dying on Sept. eight, 2017 in a helicopter accident in Medford, New Jersey. Watching the video for the Here's To You tune stirs blended feelings in his widow.
“There are million issues that undergo my thoughts,” Angie Gentry informed Billboard. “It’s a really blended emotion. It’s a type of issues the place you recognize it’s going to harm, however you must do it anyway. I hate seeing it, as a result of it reinforces the truth that he’s gone, but I like seeing it as a result of I can nonetheless see him. I used to be watching it yesterday, and actually felt I may contact him by the display screen. You simply want you might attain by there and simply contact him. It’s bittersweet in so some ways. I like watching it as a result of it’s a reminiscence that's at all times going to be there, and I get to have that. But it additionally jogs my memory that’s the one method I can see him now.”
Those feedback are echoed by Gentry’s associate in music, Eddie Montgomery.
“Your coronary heart simply melts. Even although you’re occurring, you miss him a lot. I miss that big-assed smile that he had, and all the sensible jokes that he was at all times pulling. When I see the video, it will get in your abdomen and in your coronary heart.”
The launch of the only and the video coincide with the announcement of the formation of The Troy Gentry Foundation, a non-profit charitable group based by Angie Gentry. A star-studded live performance to profit The Troy Gentry Foundation, the Opry Trust Fund, T.J. Martell Foundation, Make-A-Wish, The Journey Home challenge and scholarships and devices for music schooling in Kentucky colleges is about for Jan. 9, 2019 on the Grand Ole Opry House. Hosted by nation celebrity Blake Shelton and Storme Warren of SiriusXM’s The Highway, tickets can be found www.thetroygentryfoundation.org, www.ticketmaster.com and www.Opry.com.
Gentry mentioned that the Foundation serves as a method of preserving her husband’s legacy.
“Troy’s buddies and I had been attempting to determine a method that we may honor Troy and hold his philanthropy efforts going ahead, as there have been lots of issues that he was actually keen on. We sat down one evening and realized that if we began the Foundation we may increase cash and use that cash to help the efforts of all the things we now have been engaged on up to now few years. So, we sat down, and obtained a board collectively, named the Foundation, and began planning on some issues. We set out on a mission, and have 4 foremost areas of curiosity that we prefer to work with – most cancers analysis for households affected by most cancers, and I had breast most cancers, we needed to create a music scholarship for youngsters who're keen on pursuing a profession in music. We additionally needed to assist households in want, whether or not that was a mother or father out of labor or a catastrophe occurring of their household they usually wanted monetary help, and assist households within the army – these needing assist getting adjusted to coming again in to on a regular basis life or households getting adjusted to individuals being gone from their on a regular basis life.”
The Troy Gentry Foundation’s inaugural fundraising occasion, The Annual Tin Roof 2 Tin Cup Golf Tournament, was held Oct. eight, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee, and was very profitable.
“We acquired a examine for $112,000, which we had been thrilled about," Gentry says. "We are additionally sponsoring the tribute live performance to Troy in January referred to as ‘See You On The Flip Side,’ which was a phrase he would use on the finish of their exhibits – he’d take a guitar choose, flick it out on the viewers and say ‘See You On The Flip Side.’ The proceeds from that, we are going to use at hand out to a few of the completely different charities that we’ve determined to work with. With a few of these being The T.J. Martell Foundation, Make-A-Wish, the Ronald McDonald House, and charitings reminiscent of these.”
Montgomery has been carrying on the music of the CMA Award-winning duo this 12 months, and says that the expertise has actually been a bittersweet one. “When you look to your left, and also you don’t see him there, it’s a bit startling. I ain’t going to lie about it. We had been so shut, and when one thing so horrific like that accident occurs, you cease and ask your self ‘What simply occurred?'”
Making the 12 months emotionally satisfying has been the help of their loyal audiences. “It’s been unbelievable. We ain’t by no means referred to as anyone followers, we name them buddies, and we’ve obtained lots of buddies round this world. They’ve had our backs and nonetheless obtained our backs.”
For extra data on the Foundation, go to www.thetroygentryfoundation.org.