After three overseas tours of duty, all one man wanted was to let his favorite singer know the impact her songs had on his life.
When Miranda Lambert came to Hartford’s XFINITY Theatre last week, the soldier’s dream came true.
Jeff Tudisca didn’t even know Miranda Lambert before shipping off to Iraq, but when he got there he received a random care package with a mix-tape of two of her songs.
From that point, he was comforted each night.
Tudisca is a hometown hero who lives in Norwich, and he’s seen action in Afghanistan and Iraq twice.
The only voice that would soothe him to sleep was Miranda Lambert’s.
The first two songs he heard were “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere” and “New Strings.”
“It literally stopped me right there, and ever since that moment, that's the only person I ever wanted to listen to,” Tudisca said.
For those three tours, it was just a one-way connection…her music and his peace. Lambert never knew the impact it had on Tudisca.
After seeing the country star on tour five times, he wanted to finally let her know what she meant to him.
So he brought a sign and made his way to the front of the stage at her concert.
Before singing "The House That Built Me," they locked eyes...Miranda saw the sign.
“Right when it first happened I was like 'oh no, this is really happening.' There's really no words for it,” Tudisca said.
Lambert couldn’t get through the song without wiping away tears, and the United States Army veteran couldn’t either. He said it was a dream come true.
“That was one of the happiest moments of my entire life. When you got something you really want to tell someone and you finally get to, regardless of having to do it in front of a gigantic city, it was really cool,” Tudisca said.
Lambert continues to tour, and Tudisca never actually got to meet her, but that could change soon.
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