When artist Steve Maloney approached her to compose and produce the song, Jeanie jumped at the chance to not only pay homage to those soldiers who bravely fought in Vietnam but also give tribute to her father.
Jeanie’s father, Lt. Col. R.L. Cunningham was an officer for the Marine Corps and had served in WWII, Korea and two tours in Vietnam. Jeanie vividly remembers not only her father’s deployment, but her family’s constant worry that he would return safely.
The powerful song reflects on a soldier’s life during the Vietnam War and what it was like for families back home. Jeanie has participated on numerous Take Me Home Huey events performing the song. She also spoke out as an advocate for veteran families, emphasizing when a veteran returns home with post-traumatic stress the entire family is affected.
About the composer
Jeanie Cunningham is an American performer, composer and songwriter. She has toured with Lionel Richie, David Crosby and worked closely with Ike and Tina Turner.
Jeanie was anonymously responsible for a number of musical wakeup broadcasts to Space Shuttle astronauts from NASA’s mission control during the late 1980s and early ’90s, which earned her the nickname, “The Most Flown Unknown”.
What only few people know, Jeanie has a passion for helicopters, having logged many hours in Schweizer 269C, Hughes 300 and Bell Jet Ranger 206b as pilot.