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Southern Maryland businesswoman and author, MJ (Brickey) Godfrey, of Huntingtown, Maryland, will give a live performance during the official 9/11 Remembered live-stream event titled “911 State of Mind” to be hosted live from in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Of course, it is an honor for me to perform, but I hope this also brings pride to the Southern Marylanders who lost loved ones during the attacks on the Pentagon September 11, 2001,” Brickey said. “I know that some in the area also lost loved ones in other attacks that day as well.”

MJ Godfrey is known professionally by the pen name MJ Brickey. Brickey is a partner with the SoMD-based The Hollar Entertainment Company (THE Company) and is a co-owner of the new Calvert County-based ‘By The Bay’ — a dual-diagnosis, alcohol, and SUD support program.

Brickey has received top honors nationally by the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press for investigative journalism and for the best serious column for her 9/11 piece “Re-living The Loss.” She also wrote the book “Max Impact: A Story of Survival” with Jonathan Godfrey about his sole survivorship of the LifeEvac 2 crash into the Potomac River near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on January 10, 2005. He, too, resides in Calvert County.

Brickey said the program’s theme is “9/11 State of Mind” and will promote the 9/11 mindset where we all came together as a country and healed together. “Which is what we need now more than ever,” she said.

“The September 11 event will be held in Nashville this year due to the restraints that COVID19 has put on festivities usually held in New York City,” Brickey-Godfrey said. “The iconic ‘Ground Zero Flag’ will be hoisted up over the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge by Nashville Fire Department.”

Brickey named a few other entertainers, musicians, and artists to be involved, including her client, Thomas Gabriel, the grandson of the late country music icon Johnny Cash as well as Saving Able along with Paul Sr., Joannie Kay, and Santos Lopez, of Orange County Choppers, Joanne Cash, Canned Heat, and Dave Bray USA. She added that there are far more artists to be involved, and the list grows every day.

“The live stream will begin on September 10, which is also Suicide Awareness Day and will run in a loop through September 11 until the flag ceremony,” she said.

Brickey said the organization Together For The Good, which is also a part of the live stream, told her that suicide has gone up in the USA by 600 percent since the beginning of the pandemic. 

She said the event is airing on various channels, platforms, and websites, but the best place to get information is the event website.

For more details about the 9/11 State of Mind event, visit the 911stateofmind.com website.


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