Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper, debuted his syndicated daytime talk show this past September and covers a wide range of personal interest stories, and this week has been covering Mother’s Day! On Wednesday, military wife Jessica Stokes got the surprise of her life when Lady Antebellum surprised her on the show!

It’s no mistake that Lady Antebellum consistently records songs their audience can relate to.  Jessica tells Cooper that “Ever since I heard their first song on the radio, just every song after that I’ve loved, loved, loved.” 

She goes on to explain how every song reminds her of her relationship with her Air Force husband, in particular the song “I Run To You.” “‘I Run To You’ – being apart so often in the military, just listening to that song – when things go wrong, that’s who I run to, I run to my husband – so many songs that remind me of our relationship.”

Unfortunately Jessica  has never been able to see her favorite band in concert because her family lived in Germany for three years. “There’s not a whole lot of country music going on in Germany.”  She also notes that they did buy tickets to see a Lady Antebellum show in London a few years back.  It would have been their anniversary present, however, due to flying stand-by on a military flight – they did not make the trek from Germany to London. Jessica recalls that the night of the concert, they actually spent the night on the floor in the terminal.

Anderson then asked Jessica a three Lady A trivia questions, under the guise of a chance to win tickets to an upcoming concert.  Jessica passed the first two questions with flying colors, and on the 3rd question – they played a sound bite and asked her what song it was. . . only it wasn’t a sound bite at all. . . Grab a kleenex and watch!


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