NORFOLK, Va. – Two music groups from the greater Hampton Roads area have reached the finals of the USAA and We Are The Mighty’s Mission: Music competition, a nationwide search to find talented active duty and veteran military musicians.
Bobby Blackhat Waters from Newport News, Virginia, and the band Home Bru, with members Chelsea and Matt Brunoehler from Elizabeth City, North Carolina are two of the five contestants with a shot of broadening their music careers.
Waters is an award winning recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter, producer, comedian and actor.
Enlisting in the US Coast Guard in 1976, Blackhat advanced to Chief Petty Officer before transitioning to the Officer Corps and retiring at the rank of Commander after 27 years of service.
Waters service included serving as a Military Aide to the President of the U.S. and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism.
Now, Waters is fulfilling his lifelong dream as a passionate entertainer, songwriter, and blues advocate.
Waters is competing with his guitarist Tom Euler, who is not apart of the military.
The Brunoehler’s both met while attending the U.S. Naval Academy in 2003 while singing together as apart of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Glee Club. The married in 2006, and have performed in bands have taken them since. Even when not located in the same place, because of different military assignments.
Their band, Home Bru (which consists of other members whenever possible, including other military veterans), primarily plays covers of favorite rock, country, pop & blues tunes.
The duo said they feel fortunate to share music as a couple, as it keeps them connected even when they are separated due to their military service.
“We Are The Mighty is excited to partner with USAA to launch our music vertical with the Mission: Music…