George Jones, Clint Black, and many more are contributing to a charity CD to help rebuild an Alabama high school destroyed by a tornado last year. Country Crossing Records will release “We Are Enterprise: The Album To Help Rebuild Enterprise High School,” on Dec. 16.
On March 1, 2007, the small town of Enterprise, Ala. (population just over 23,000) was struck by a massive tornado. In the heart of the storm’s path was Enterprise High School. The tornado ripped the roof from parts of the school, destroyed a hallway, the gymnasium and the football stadium. Eight students lost their lives in the devastation.
The storm left 9 dead and injured more than 120 people. Damages were estimated at $307 million. Since then, the students of Enterprise High School have been attending classes in trailers and temporary outlets. The high school is due to be rebuilt by the 2010-11 school year at a cost of more than $80 million.
Spearheading the “We Are Enterprise” project is Enterprise resident Ronnie Gilley (Ronnie Gilley Properties/Ronnie Gilley Entertainment/BamaJam Music & Arts Festival), who partnered with James Stroud, producer for Toby Keith and Clint Black/Former president of DreamWorks Records-Nashville and co-chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville/President of Ronnie Gilley Entertainment and Stroudavarious Records).
“When Ronnie made me aware of the suffering his community had endured and the ongoing hardships facing its high school students and faculty, I wanted to help any way that I could,” said Stroud. “We had the idea to craft an album that would not only help with the cost of rebuilding the school, but that would also uplift the community with its message. Once we started calling our artist friends and hearing their desire to lend their time and talent, we knew the idea would work.”
The 11-song line-up features new songs crafted exclusively for this project (Worley’s “Katie’s Song,” “This Is The Time,” by Deborah Allen and Shelly Fairchild’s “It’s All Gonna Work Out") plus some new takes on timeless classics ("You’ve Got A Friend” by Diffie, Morgan’s “You Are So Beautiful” and “Amazing Grace” by Jones). Aaron Tippin, John Anderson, Richie McDonald and Lorrie Morgan also contributed.
To commemorate the release within the Enterprise community, several of the artists will travel to Enterprise on street date to make two in-store appearances tentatively scheduled to take place at Wal*Mart locations in Enterprise and Dothan. All record company and artist net proceeds from sales will be donated to the fund for the rebuilding of the high school.