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Rascal Flatts Hit ‘God Bless The Broken Road’ is Inspiration for New Movie

The director of God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2, Harold Cronk, is working on his next film, God Bless the Broken Road. And yes, the Rascal Flatts hit with the same name is the inspiration for the new film. The song, which was originally recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1994, is about finding love after many attempts fail; it is basically about God having a hand in finding true love as part of “a grander plan.”

The Rascal Flatts inspired movie will be filmed in the Rockford and Marne areas in West Michigan, according to Wood TV Channel 8. A closed local restaurant in Rockford will be reopened as a location site for the movie. The restaurant, Rosie’s Diner, is an iconic 1950s style diner that has been closed for years. The diner will be used as a backdrop for God Bless the Broken Road. Wood TV 8 talked to the film’s executive producer, Stephen Afendoulis, who said the movie was “an exploration of faith.”

The movie is about a young mother, Amber, who loses her husband in the Afghanistan war. Amber loses her faith in God because of this, and the movie is about “her journey home,” said Afendoulis. Afendoulis said the movie embodies God, faith and family, ideas that are “close to the hearts of many in West Michigan.” Afendoulis added that “country music, stock car racing and paying honor to our veterans” was also a theme of the movie.

The Rascal Flatts song God Bless the Broken Road was written by a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and recorded by them in 1994. The song was later made famous by Rascal Flatts and ultimately the inspiration for the new movie. Just like in the song, the main character in the movie, Amber, will find the “broken road” that will lead her to true love as well as back to her faith in God.

Cronk is also a West Michigan native and graduate of Central Michigan University graduate who began his film career as an art director and production designer in Los Angeles. In 2008, Harold Cronk moved back to his home state and founded his film company, 10 West Studios, in order to focus on family and faith-based content, according to an article by Deadline. Cronk wrote the script for the movie with Jennifer Dornbrush. Andy Fraser, a producer for A Really Good Home Pictures, is also joining producers Afendoulis, Dustin Soloman and Edgar Struble. Cronk told Deadline about how important the film was to him.

Besides the iconic Rosie’s Diner, filming will also take place at the Berlin Raceway and other locations in Manistee and Grand Rapids, MI. A publicist for the movie told Wood TV 8 that the movie will possibly be released in the “fourth quarter of this year or the first quarter of next year.”

Jay Demarcus and Kevin Carter Make $100K Donation to Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee

$2 Million Dollars Raised for The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee

$2 Million Dollars Raised for The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee

Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee gratefully acknowledges the generosity of longtime supporters ESPN personality and Super Bowl champion Kevin Carter and Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus. Through their fundraising efforts with the annual Waiting for Wishes Celebrity Waiter’s Dinner, The Kevin Carter Foundation is making a generous $100,000 donation to Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.

Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, is matching the $100,000 gift to Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. Star Wars: Force for Change harnesses the power of Star Wars to inspire people to come together to make a positive impact on the world around them. For more information about the initiative, visit

“I’m so honored to have celebrated our 15th Anniversary of Waiting for Wishes Celebrity Waiters Dinner this year,” said Carter.  “The funds we raised will allow The Kevin Carter Foundation to make a donation of $100,000 to Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.   We are so happy to make twice the impact in the Nashville community and in the lives of these children with life-threatening medical conditions.”

“I am grateful to be part of the incredible work and mission that Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee does in the Nashville community,” said DeMarcus.  “Through our event and The Kevin Carter Foundation, we are able to help grant wishes to these amazing children.   With the matching gift, we’re now able to make a much bigger impact with the contribution that is being made and for that, we’re thankful.”

“We are able to grant the wishes of Middle Tennessee children because of the support we receive from the community,” said Beth Torres, president & CEO of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. “Kevin and Jay show us year after year that granting wishes is important to them. We are thankful for their generosity.”

Rascal Flatts Top The Charts With “I Like The Sound Of That”

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Rascal Flatts continue to add to their many accolades today as they celebrate their 16th career No. One as their infectious single “I Like The Sound Of That” reached the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts. The smooth, catchy track that Rolling Stone dubbed as “sweetly reminiscent of the trio’s early days” was penned by Jesse Frasure, with pop star Meghan Trainor and Shay Mooney of country duo Dan + Shay. The chart-topping single is taken from their current album, Rewind, which debuted at No. One on the Billboard Country Albums chart, making Rascal Flatts one of only four acts from the SoundScan era to have eight consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot.

“We’ve had a lot of fun with this single,” said Gary LeVox. “It’s a blessing and humbling to be achieving milestones such as these and it just motivates us even more to keep going on this crazy journey with our amazing fans. A huge thank you to our friends at country radio and Big Machine family. We can’t wait to catch everybody back out on the road this summer to celebrate.”

Offering fans a change of pace with an eclectic setup, which includes the trio playing alongside longtime drummer Jim Riley and new multi-instrumentalist Casey Brown, who with his keyboard and percussion work adds drama and volume to the set. Rascal Flatts recently announced that their headlining RASCAL FLATTS: RHYTHM AND ROOTS TOUR will kick off in Charlotte, NC on 6/17 and the trio have invited red-hot newcomers Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane to join them out on the road. For more information visit

Celebrities Takes Over Nashville Restaurant to Raise Money for Charity

$2 Million Dollars Raised for The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee

$2 Million Dollars Raised for The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee

Former NFL Super Bowl Champion and now ESPN Sports Analyst, Kevin Carter, and Jay DeMarcus of the multi-award winning group Rascal Flatts, hosted the 15th Annual Kevin Carter’s “Waiting for Wishes” Celebrity Waiters Dinner on Tuesday, April 12th at The Palm. The event was presented by The Campbell Family Foundation and HCA to benefit The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee. This premier celebrity event, “Waiting for Wishes” reached a milestone on Tuesday night as they have now raised more than $2 million for charity since its inception in 2002 and has become Nashville’s most sought after ticket as the event sells out each year.

The celebrity event is an exclusive VIP evening where Carter and DeMarcus invite professional athletes, country music artists and other various celebrities to take over The Palm as servers before they head over to Honky Tonk Central for the Official After-Party – Jammin’ with Jay DeMarcus & Friends. The event continues to be one of the most unique celebrity events in the country and is considered a “must attend” events for patrons and participants alike.

An eclectic mix of celebrities appear each year, and this year was be no different as they celebrated 15 years of fundraising. Celebrities included: Charles Arbuckle Former NFL Player / ESPN Broadcaster, Clare Bowen, Actress on NASHVILLE / Artist, Kaitlyn Bristowe & Shawn Booth, ABC’s reality star – The Bachelorette and fiancé, Keith Bulluck, Former NFL Player, Mike Caussin, Former NFL Player, Steve Connell, Spoken Word Poet, Randy Couture UFC Heavyweight Champion / UFC Hall of Famer / Actor, Chris Doering, Former NFL Player / ESPN Broadcaster, Kevin Dyson, Former NFL Player, Chip Esten, Actor on NASHVILLE / Artist / Writer, Halfway to Hazard, Country Duo, Kym Hampton, Former WNBA Player / Actor / Singer, A.J. Hawk, Linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals, Steve Hutchinson, Former NFL Player, Wesley Johnson, Offensive Lineman for the New York Jets, Jana Kramer, Country Artist / Actress, TracyLawrence, Country Artist, Keith Loneker, Former NFL Player / Actor, Love and Theft, Country Duo, Tom Luginbill, ESPN Broadcaster, Max Martini, Actor / Writer / Director, Derrick Mason, Former NFL Player / Radio Host, Titus O’Neil, WWE Wrestler, Tito Ortiz, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion / UFC Hall of Famer, Mindy Robinson, Actress / Model / Reality TV Personality, Michael Roos, Former Tennessee Titans Player, Tim Rushlow, Country Artist / Big Band, Elika Sadeghi,ESPN Broadcaster, Chris Sanders, Former NFL Player, Johnathan Schaech, Actor / Writer / Producer / Director, Brian Schwenke, Center for the Tennessee Titans, Frank Shamrock, UFC Middleweight Champion / Actor / Broadcaster, Jaymee Sire, ESPN Broadcaster, Robert Smith, Former NFL Player / ESPN Broadcaster, Chris Soules, Reality TV Personality / The Bachelor / Dancing with the Stars, Phil Vassar, Country Artist / Songwriter, Sara Walsh, ESPN Broadcaster, Storme Warren, Radio Personality / Host / Writer / Producer AND Billy Zabka, Actor / Producer / Writer.

The event was produced by LEGACY Consulting, PR & Events and sponsored by The Campbell Family Foundation and HCA, AON, AudioDeluxe, PAR, Inc., Hilton Nashville, Horizon Wine & Spirits, The Palm, Matchless Transportation, Miller Coors, M Street Nashville, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Honky Tonk Central, RJ Young, Tito’s Vodka, Lipman, Domino’s Pizza and Gigi’s Cupcakes.

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