Colorado Springs, Colo. – When singer/songwriter Mark Dowdy read the New York Times best-selling book Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown (WaterBrook Press/a division of Random House, May 22, 2012), he was so moved that he contacted author Eric Blehm about writing a song. These two strangers, brought together by the incredible true story of Adam Brown, a member of the elite SEAL Team SIX, collaborated on the single “Fearless,” now available for live streaming at fearlessnavyseal.com or for purchase on cdbaby.com.
The book, Fearless, tells the story of Adam Brown, a country boy from Arkansas who had a daredevil streak along with a fierce loyalty to his friends and family. After falling in with the wrong crowd, Adam’s crack cocaine addiction landed him in jail. In his darkest hour he found faith and hope. Soon after he met his wife, Kelley, whose unwavering love and belief in the man Adam could be gave him encouragement to fulfill his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL. Adam persevered through grueling qualifying tests that resulted in injuries—most considered career-enders—including being shot in one eye and having the fingers of his shooting hand crushed off in a Humvee accident in Afghanistan. His determination to beat the odds on the way to the top tier of the U.S. military earned him the respect of his teammates and commanders who called him “the best of the best—the top one percent of the Naval Special Warfare community.”
Mark Dowdy was so inspired by Adam’s life story and what he overcame—crack addiction, jail, loss of vision in his right eye (same as Mark, who was born with a visual impairment), severed fingers on his dominant hand—during his rise to SEAL Team SIX, that Mark wanted to honor Adam and the Brown family in song. The single “Fearless” is a tribute to Adam Brown—an American hero who, like his family, never gave up. Adam found strength in his love of God, love of family, and love of country. It allowed him to rise above his darkest hours. Mark and Eric hope this song will inspire listeners to learn more about Adam Brown and to be brave, stand tall, and live fearless—just like Adam Brown. A portion of the sales will help support the Adam Brown Legacy Foundation (adamslegacy.com).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ARTIST
ERIC BLEHM is the best-selling author of The Only Thing Worth Dying For, which recounts the harrowing story of the first Special Forces A-Team to infiltrate Taliban-held southern Afghanistan weeks after 9/11. It was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller. His book The Last Season, winner of the 2006 Barnes & Noble Discover Award, was also named by Outside magazine as one of the ten “greatest adventure biographies ever written.”
Having been born with a visual impairment, MARK DOWDY was never deterred from following his dreams. As a child, he demonstrated unusual musical ability and began playing and performing in public at age 10. As a teenager, he became an Eagle Scout, and as his service project placed the first Braille signage in the federal buildings in Gainesville, Georgia. At age 19, Mark had two Billboard picks that charted, with songs written by John Jarrard, also of Gainesville, Georgia. In 2003, Mark had a life-altering cornea transplant that allowed him to see the world as never before. Find him online at rivercrestmusic.com/