Keni Thomas – songwriter, singer, author, motivational speaker, teacher, U.S. Army Rangers veteran of “Black Hawk Down” mission, pilot and dad. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
First book and another in the works – stories of vets giving through sharing their amazing combat experiences.
“As a renowned and sought-after motivational speaker, Keni Thomas absolutely wowed the crowd at the Arapahoe County Lincoln Day Dinner with a thrilling description of his Benghazi rescue, and how he was able to support and motivate the others who went in with him,” said Lynne Cottrell, who is event director of the annual TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) fundraiser on Saturday evening June 15 at the Grove Family Ranch.
And, he will be back! The humble Thomas is glad to be coming back to Colorado. ”There’s something about TAPS,” he said. “I love that show. It generally catches some magic. There’s unity and common cause. All the branches of the military – it’s Team America! Those are our players. We’re doing something.”
Even though he’s extremely busy with multiple careers, he rarely says no. He’s been singing all his life – having solos in grade school, church and always had a band – even in the army and opened for big acts including Toby Keith. His first show was at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. That got him to Nashville – as he says “the must-be- present- to- win town.” Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry helped him in the industry. He has written many songs with Billy Montana, who will also be back for the Grammy and CMA award-winning songwriters show saluting our fallen heroes, and who introduced Keni to Lynne and Bo Cottrell. Danny Wells and Jimmy Nichols will also be on stage.
One of Keni’s favorite songs that will be performed is Circle on the Cross. He teaches an impactful leadership school in Wyoming and has recently moved from Nashville to Canton, Ohio with Heidi, her daughter Scarlett and their two-month-old son Jett Isaiah who will accompany the couple to Colorado. For sponsorship, tickets and information: 303-696-0450 or www.TAPS.org/colorado.
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