On Thursday, March 1, 2007, the small town of Enterprise, AL (population just over 23,000) was struck by a massive EF4 tornado, leaving a swath of devastation in its wake. In the storm’s path was Enterprise High School. Eight students lost their lives in the devastation.
In total, the storm was responsible for nine deaths and more than 120 injuries. With damages estimated at $307 million, the entire community was left paralyzed. Since then, the students of Enterprise High School have been attending classes in trailers and temporary outlets. The high school is due to be rebuilt by the 2010-11 school year at a cost of over $80 million.
Local entrepreneur, Ronnie Gilley, partnered with legendary music producer James Stroud to co-produce WE ARE ENTERPRISE: The Album To Help Rebuild Enterprise High School, a collection of moving and inspirational songs recorded by some of the most renowned names in country music to embrace the community of Enterprise, Alabama. As soon as they heard the story, artists were eager to come aboard to help the project.
Ronnie and James assembled a cast of country music giants to create an extraordinary album to assist with the overwhelming cost of the construction of the new Enterprise High School. To date, nearly $200,000 has been raised through CD sales and contributions by Gilley’s company.
WE ARE ENTERPRISE is stacked with songs contributed by award-winning, multi-platinum-selling, country music superstars Deborah Allen, John Anderson, Clint Black, Joe Diffie, Shelly Fairchild, George Jones, Tracy Lawrence, Richie McDonald, Lorrie Morgan, Aaron Tippin and Darryl Worley. The 11-song line-up features a number of new songs crafted exclusively for this project. All record company and artist net proceeds from sales of the WE ARE ENTERPRISE will be donated to the fund for the rebuilding of the high school.