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Josh Gracin returns from Persian Gulf tour

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 – Former Marine Josh Gracin returned from his tour of the Persian Gulf where he played concerts in support of U.S. troops overseas. Gracin spent time with the troops in Kuwait and Iraq where he performed five shows, signed autographs, visited with soldiers in the hospital and played basketball in 128 degree heat with Marines.

The overseas tour took Gracin to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and several locations in Iraq, including Kirkuk, Camp Speicher, Q West and Ballad Airbase. At the show at Camp Arifjan in Iraq, Gracin performed for more than 2,000 troops, setting the record for the second highest attendance at the base.

"This was something I just had to do," said Gracin. "It was important for me to give back to our men and women in uniform and bring a little piece of home to our folks serving overseas. This is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life."

Gracin's self-titled debut CD is certified gold by the RIAA and has sold more than 680,000 copies. The first single from the project, "I Want To Live," was also his first hit - hitting number four. His second single, "Nothin' To Lose," was his first number one record. His third single "Stay With Me (Brass Bed)" was a top five hit.

Gracin's second album has been oft-delayed, ostensibly due to the lack of radio play on several released singles.

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