By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Killeen Daily Herald

Fort Hood native Jennie Walker is set to participate in Fourth of July activities in Belton this week, including the parade, Nolan Creek festival and rodeo.

Walker, the daughter of retired Col. Homer Lee Walker of Belton, will ride in the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. in downtown Belton; perform original songs from her soon-to-be released album at the festival, which starts at noon; and sing the national anthem before the rodeo July 4 at the Bell County Expo Center. The rodeo is set to begin at 7 p.m.

The album, all original songs by Walker, is set to be released this fall. The songs can be heard at or purchased at Walker can also be found on MySpace at

The festival appearance is from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Festival on Nolan Creek at Yettie Polk Park in Belton. The concert will benefit the World Hunger Year through its Artists Against Hunger and Poverty Program and Helping Hands Ministry in Belton, according to information from Walker. She described her music as adult contemporary with a "strong, sultry mix of pop and light rock."

Walker learned about the program in 2005 while working as a fundraising consultant for World Hunger Year.

"During my time with World Hunger Year, I was so personally inspired by the program, I started organizing a benefit concert series in New York using up and coming artists and then made a personal commitment to the organization that my future performances would serve to benefit (World Hunger Year) and local food banks as well as sales from my upcoming CD," she said in an e-mail Friday.

She hopes to raise money for the Helping Hands Ministry during her visit to Central Texas.

Walker said she is looking forward to singing for the Belton-area community and sharing her voice while at the same time "bringing awareness to the ongoing needs in this same community of the Helping Hands Ministry food bank and the overall program of World Hunger Year."

It also gives her a chance to share her music with a community she is so familiar with.

"I'm an Army child and I can't think of anything more fulfilling than to be able to share my talent with those who are serving in the military," she said. "I spent a lot of years on military bases and my life has certainly developed, but those years will always be with me."

Contact Amanda Kim Stairrett at or call (254) 501-7547

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