Bruce Springsteen Featured on New Song 'Summer Soldier'

05/10/2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

Bruce Springsteen Featured on New Song 'Summer Soldier'
Stewart Francke with Bruce Springsteen inset
Inset: Mark J. Terrill/AP
The Boss is back – and this time he's lending his voice to a new song about the war in Afghanistan.

Musician Stewart Francke, who interviewed soldiers to help him write the song, says that having Bruce Springsteen featured on Francke's track, "Summer Soldier (Holler If Ya Hear Me,)" is a dream come true.

Listen to the song here

"This is a tremendously cool thing for Bruce to do and of course a great honor for me," Francke says. "It was always his voice I heard on the call and response part of this track, but figured it would remain just a wish."

Francke has a lot to be thankful for these days. The singer-songwriter survived leukemia and a bone marrow transplant and, after a six-year recording hiatus, is happy to be making music again.

"It's through these songs that I'm trying to construct a world that I want I want to live in," Francke says. "A world where I remember the best things about the people who are gone, a world where we look out for each other."

His new record Heartless World hits stores May 31 – available now for digital pre-order on Amazon – and he has an upcoming summer tour with Bob Seeger and Earth Wind And Fire.

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