It’s always an exciting experience when one of your favorite artists pulls you out of the crowd and onto the stage.
When Craig Campbell invited a military family to join him during a recent show in Milwaukee, they had no idea how big of a surprise he had in store for them.
During his show, Campbell brought Tara Johnson and her two children, 14-year-old Haille and 11-year-old Chase, to help sing his song, “All-American Kid”. The track, co-written by Campbell and recorded by Garth Brooks, tells the tale of a young man in the military and his long journey home. At the end of the song, Johnson’s husband, Nathan, emerged onto the stage.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Capt. Nathan Johnson had been stationed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and hadn’t seen his family in nearly 400 days. When his wife found out that he would be returning to Milwaukee hours before the show, she posted a message on Johnson’s Facebook page in hopes of making a magical reunion for her children. His tour manager quickly responded and the family was brought together onstage just hours later.
“Everything went perfect. Craig and his tour manager took good care of us and did an amazing job organizing everything,” Nathan explained. “And of course it wouldn’t have happened without my wife. I don’t know any woman as strong as her. This is one of the best things that could ever happen.”
Campbell says he was just as thrilled to be a part of the family’s special moment.
“I was honored for them to even reach out,” Campbell said. “When we get to be part of something like that, it’s extra special for me.”
You can witness the family’s tearful reunion in the video below.