A still from the Facebook video announcing the news about American Voices Abroad. Pictured are Ben and Tenia Eichelberger and Rita Brent. Image: Heart Society

Fondren-based band, Heart Society, has been selected to play for a tour for the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad.

In a Facebook video today, Tenia Sanders Eichelberger, along with husband and bandmate Ben and drummer Rita Brent, shared the news.

“In March, we went to New York City to audition for American Music Abroad,” Tenia begins.

“And, out of 300 groups that applied, Heart Society was selected as one of 15 to tour internationally and represent the United States,” Ben shared.

The group has not received their location assignment yet, but Brent speculated. “We could go to South America, Africa… Wakanda,” she said, humorously referring to the fictional setting of the recent superhero blockbuster, Black Panther. “We’re going somewhere. You just have to follow us and keep up with us and we’ll let you know where you’re going to be.”

The band, never one to miss a chance to share their appreciation, had a message for fans.

“A lot of you saw our Tenia and Ben on the Road (video) featuring Rita in New York City and, had a lot of kind words for us and we really appreciate that,” she said.

The band told Find It In Fondren last fall, “…we can’t wait to reach more and more people with our music and message.”

Heart Society recently released a project they dubbed a “female empowerment album,” “Wake the Queens,” whose songs touch of themes of equality, justice, hope and love.

The American Music Abroad program is designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions to the global music scene as it fosters cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connection to global audiences.

“In cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, American Voices will arrange a series of month-long, multi-country cultural exchange programs including public concerts, interactive performances with local traditional musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews and performances,” the AMA website explains.

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