David St Romain is the founder and executive director of Songs of Survivors, a nonprofit organization located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that is dedicated to helping veterans heal through the power of music. David served eight years in the Louisiana National Guard and has spent more than 30 years in the music industry. In 2007, he placed third in USA Network’s Nashville Star out of thousands of contestants and spent the next several years touring the United States. David has more than 10,000 performances under his belt and has released more than 100 recordings. He has written songs with the best songwriters in the music industry, including Randy Owen of Alabama and Dan Tyler, a Nashville songwriter and producer who has numerous number one hits in his catalog.
David began to experience the most fulfilling period of his life when he decided to combine his love of the military with his love of music. Through his philanthropic work with veterans, he has been able to bring the healing aspect of music to those who have experienced PTSD and other traumas as a result of their service. He also works with numerous organizations to connect those in need with those who can help. David is a featured inspirational speaker at conferences and events and on radio and television shows.
David was recently honored with the Roddy Richard Life Achievement Award from Louisiana Youth Seminar. He is also a graduate of Leadership Louisiana’s class of 2022.
Susan Mustafa is a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestselling author, as well as an award-winning investigative journalist. Her books have been translated and published in nine languages. She had been prominently featured in several docuseries and numerous television programs that have aired on FX, A&E, Hulu, Discovery, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Oxygen, and National Geographic. Susan is also an experienced public speaker.
Susan earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication and journalism from Southeastern Louisiana University, where she won numerous awards for writing, including the Public Service in Journalism award.
Susan has always been dedicated to helping others, and she has a long history of writing about nonprofit organizations in an effort to bring attention to the good work they do. The Songs of Survivors mission to help veterans through the power of music is especially meaningful to her because her father and brother are retired veterans.