This is the story of "The singing soldier" Graham, Trude.
Graham Trude was born 1987 - four years into his life music hit him and a lifelong journey was set in motion. His early influences were the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, CCR, Neil Young and George Strait. Graham’s parents were strong guides for him, his mother an entrepreneur (Tim Hortons) and his father a Policeman in Ontario. In 2007 Graham
signed up to be a solider and completed his military training before being sent to Afghanistan for a
challenging and difficult tour of duty. Upon completing his service to the country, Graham returned to Canada, joined the military reserve, met his wife, and began using songwriting as therapy to deal with his trauma, which ultimately led him to pursue a career in music.
In 2014 Graham joined the Nishnawbe Aski Indigenous Police Service and retired from his career from Orangeville Police Service in 2020 due to a work related operational stress injury. From 2017 - 2019 Graham toured with the band “The Singing Soldiers”, which was formed, partnering with Wounded Warriors Canada, to spread awareness of PTSD in veterans and first responders.
The past came back to haunt Graham.
in 2018 - he hit rock bottom battling his demons of war by self medicating through alcohol. With the support of his family and songwriting, Graham was able to regain his stability and still uses all the tools in his arsenal regularly to help himself and others struggling. Using music as medicine, and daily songwriting as his personal therapy, Graham has embarked on a full time music career. in 2021, Graham wrote and recorded his debut EP “PTSd” and founded countrycore records inc.
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