USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) -- Actress and country singer Laura Bell Bundy performed aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), Nov. 12.
During her visit, Bundy took time to tour the ship, sign autographs, and meet the Sailors of Ike and Carrier Air Wing 7.
The concert held in the ship's hangar bay featured a number of Bundy's hit songs such as "Giddy On Up" and "Drop On By." Many Sailors attended the performance, creating an excited and electrified crowd throughout Bundy's performance.
"The concert was a good way for the crew to relax, have some fun and release some stress," said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Sherry Crain from S-8 division of supply department. "It's very nice for all the Sailors to have someone come and show their appreciation to us for being out here."
Sailors also had the opportunity to meet Bundy one-on-one during two autograph signings held in the hangar bay and mess decks.
"I'm pretty excited that she's here and that she signed an autograph," said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Andrew Harper from IM-4 division of aircraft intermediate maintenance department. "I love country music."
Bundy toured various workspaces on the ship to thank Sailors for their service. Bundy said she does not take for granted the freedoms that she enjoys and recognizes that it is military service members who make that freedom possible. Such an outlook is why she wanted to come to Ike, to say thank you in person and to give back to those who serve by providing entertainment.
"We have the freedom to have a dream and freedom to say what we want, and there are places where you can't do that," said Bundy. "I've wanted to give back in some kind of way. We have men and women who are out there protecting [America] and making a huge sacrifice. The least I can do is entertain."
Bundy began as an actress in the Off-Broadway musical "Ruthless! The Musical," which earned her a nomination for the Drama Desk Award. She acted in a number of venues throughout her career, playing roles in the movie "Jumanji," the Broadway musical "Legally Blonde," where she earned a Tony Award nomination, and in Country Music Television's "To The Mat" and "How I Met Your Mother."
Bundy's debut album "Achin' and Shakin'" was released on April 13, 2010 and has sold more than 70,000 copies in the United States. Her first single, "Giddy On Up", has received four million streams from multiple music download sites nation-wide, nominating Bundy for two Country Music Awards.
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