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.