An OOIDA member from Yakima, WA, has made the final four cut in the Country Music Television network’s amateur music video competition.
Toby Bradley now only needs to beat out three other competitors – from an original field of 64 – to win the whole shootin’ match.
The cable network hosts the contest, “Music City Madness 2.” Each week the field is cut in half based on how many votes each performer gets.
Toby’s video, which was shot on a farm, features him playing the guitar and singing a song he wrote entitled “Jessie’s Song.”
Inspiration for “Jessie’s Song” came to Toby as the search for Jessica Lunsford was conducted in Florida a couple of years ago.
“I watched along with the rest of the nation as they searched for 9-year-old Jessica,” Toby states on his Web site. “It took three weeks until they found Jessie’s body buried not 150 yards from her front door. She had been a victim of a sexual predator that was staying next door.
“I sat speechless as I watched (Jessica’s father) break down. I will never forget the words that he said to the nation that day. ‘She’s home now.’ ”
Toby said he was in tears when he wrote the song. He was thinking about his own daughters and wondering how any father could bear the pain of losing one, especially in that way.
“I couldn’t help but think of Jessie and what she would say to her father if she could speak to him,” Toby’s Web message states. “I immediately recorded the song on a little four-track and sent it to Mark along with a sympathy card.”
Mark Lunsford called Toby months later and thanked him for the song.
“He wanted to thank me for the song and let me know how much it meant to him. We both agreed that we should do something with the song,” Toby wrote. “I told Mark that I would proceed and donate any money made from the song to the Jessica Marie Lunsford foundation.”
Monday, Dec. 3, the CMT video competition will be narrowed to two finalists and the winner will be named the following week.
The winner will be based on which performer gets the most online votes.
If you want to see Bradley’s video and support a fellow trucker with your vote, click here and go vote on the CMT Web site.
By Land Line staff
Reed Black, staff writer, contributed to this report.