Fort Leonard Wood Soldier Sings on National TV Tonight

By CBS News

Published 05/20 2014 12:58PM

Updated 05/20 2014 01:15PM

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- A soldier from the Army's Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri will be in the spotlight Tuesday night during a nationally broadcast concert on CBS.

The Academy of Country Music's "All-Star Salute to the Troops" is pairing up members of the U.S. military with some of the biggest names in country music.
 Sgt. Christiana Ball, a drill sergeant based at Fort Leonard Wood, sings with country star Lee Brice.

Fort communications says Ball, assigned to Company B, 787th Military Police Battalion, won Fort Leonard Wood's Operation Rising Star contest last year, and then won Army Entertainment's Operation 2013 Rising Star contest.   She was invited to sing on the Salute to the Troops and taped the show in Las Vegas in early April.  She is one of about 20 service members chosen to sing in the show.

Ball and Brice sang, "I Drive Your Truck," which won song of the year at the ACM awards this year.  "The first time I heard that song I cried," Ball tells Melisa Buckley at

Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry are among the man country superstars performing with Marines, soldiers and sailors on the show.

The concert will be broadcast tonight (Tuesday, May 20) from 8pm-10pm on KOLR10.  KOLR10's Lindsey Day spent Tuesday with Ball.  Watch for her story on KOLR10 News at 6 and here on

(CBS Entertainment and provided information for this report)

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