Members of the Sony Music Nashville family recently took a trip to the beaches of Jamaica -- for a good cause.
To celebrate National Military Appreciation month in May, the label partnered with Sandals Ochi Beach Resort to host the Boots on the Beach Vacation over the recent Memorial Day weekend.
An event designed to raise funds for the Boot Campaign, the mission was quite successful, with over $10,000 being raised. "This weekend was a culmination of our ongoing support for U.S. service members and their families. "It was our privilege to be part of an event which raised awareness and funds for such a worthy cause. These people have given so much. It's an honor to do something special for them," said Gordon "Butch" Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International.
The event was hosted by CMT's Katie Cook and featured an appearance from Boot Campaign ambassador Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper writer Chris Kyle, the weekend kicked off at Sandals Ochi's Sundowner Bar with an acoustic jam session by up-and-coming artists Logan Mize, Josh Dorr and Cam. Over the weekend, many other Sony artists performed, including Casey James, Chris Young, Tyler Farr and Jerrod Niemann. The holiday weekend also included VIP meet and greets and excursions for the military couples, including an Island Routes Catamaran Cruise, visit to Villa Rio Chico with the Sandals Foundation and a tribute performance at the Jamaican home of country music legend Johnny Cash, where Sony Music honored his musical success at Sony with a plaque commemorating sales of more than 14 million records sold.
The weekend was a special one for six military couples, who were surprised with the vacation of a lifetime courtesy of Funjet Vacations. The event will be one that Tatiana and Phillip McGill will not forget anytime soon. The McGills, both Marine Corps veterans who met during their tour, were married in 2005 in a justice of the peace ceremony. Never having a traditional wedding or honeymoon, their Sandals Ochi trip was a welcome addition to their love story and even featured a "first dance" serenaded by Young.
Boots on the Beach Vacation was produced in association with Sandals Resorts, Sony Music Nashville, Alliance Connection Productions, All Access Experience, Jamaica Tourist Board, Funjet Vacations and, of course the Boot Campaign. Enjoy this special exclusive look at the weekend from Billboard.com.