WATCH: SongwritingWith:Soldiers links musicians with active-member military members and veterans.
Darden Smith started the organization in 2010 after he had performed in a military hospital in Germany. Since then, the group has worked with soldiers who have fought in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam, and they have put together 30 retreat-style events. "What we're really doing is listening," says Smith. "We bring our skills to them. And they bring their story. And together, we collaborate and write these songs."
WATCH: "Why Not Me," by Fatuma Salim-Shirazy and Darden Smith
We caught Darden Smith performing his solo work at Lewis Carnegie Gallery in his hometown Austin, Texas during South By SouthWest.
WATCH: Darden Smith at TEDxAustin