At the same time, Simon's current single, "A Soldiers Story," is starting to have impact at radio outlets across the country. These stations include, WMBM/Miami; KKNO/New Orleans; WHCR, New York City; WPOL/Winston-Salem, NC; WGLB/Milwaukee, WI; WVKO/Columbus, OH; WCGL/Jacksonville, FL, among many others.
"A Soldiers Story" is an autobiographical song that was co-written by Simon, who is a war veteran and still suffers from PTSD. The standout track is a message of hope to all military personnel and war veterans, as they face re-building their lives after experiencing the trauma of war.
"I realized that some of the young guys coming back from the Middle East were committing suicide and didn't know how to handle their post traumatic syndrome," explains Simon. "That's some pretty serious stuff, and when you are a soldier, you are commanded to go and do your duty, and sometimes your duty is pretty horrific. That's why I wrote the song, to let the soldiers know that they weren't the only ones who had to fight an enemy they couldn't see."
Simon also adds, "I'm a solider now in the army of Jesus Christ," he maintains. "I'm going to be preaching the Word for the rest of my days because He's my commander in chief, and I'm following His orders."
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About Calvin Simon
Calvin Simon's current project, It's Not Too Late, is his second Christian album, as he releasedShare The News in 2004 that reached No. 21 on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart. During this time, Simon was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and all efforts to support the record, including a tour, had to be cancelled. Simon's strength during his recovery was aided by his faith, which began as a child growing up in Beckley, West Virginia and rededicating his life to Christ in 2002 with a second baptism. After such a long journey of recovery, and nursing his wife who died in 2013 from bone cancer, the album's title, It's Not Too Late, signifies the power and grace of God for those who reach out to Him.
Despite Simon's personal hardships, he has enjoyed a stellar career as a member of The Parliaments and Parliament Funkadelic for 20 years that resulted in 15 Gold and seven Platinum albums, along with the prestigious induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Simon and three other founding members of Parliament Funkadelic formed a new band Original P, and when the group disbanded, the music legend developed a production company and record company, Par Golf Music Productions/Simon Sayz Recordings, which led to Simon becoming a solo Gospel artist.