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What is this about someone in the Zac Brown Band working on a side project? AP Images
Coy Bowles, Zac Brown, Clay Cook, Daniel de los Reyes, Matt Mangano, Jimmy De Martini, Chris Fryar and John Driskell Hopkins as Zac Brown Band performs during Music Midtown 2014 at Piedmont Park on Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014, in Atlanta. (Photo by Katie Darby/Invision/AP)

One thing about Zac and the guys in the Zac Brown Band, they’re not just musicians. On top of music, they all seem to have other things they’re good at.

For Zac, it’s food. For his bandmate Coy Bowles, it’s writing children’s books.

This summer, Bowles will be watching the “NY Times Bestseller List,” as well as the Billboard charts, as he has released his first children’s book,“Will Powers: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way.” The book was released on April 19, and the band will embark on their Black out the Sun Tour on May 19.

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Centering around the value of dedication and working hard to achieve one’s goals, the organist, guitarist and songwriter wanted to pass on the lessons that his parents taught him.

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“My parents instilled in me a foundation of confidence and hard work that I think is the main reason I’ve been successful,” Bowles explains in a statement. “If there is anything that I would like to give back, it is helping young people find a sense of self through tenacity and perseverance.”

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Even more noble, a portion of the proceeds from the book sales will be donated to Sunshine On A Ranney Day, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that renovates homes for special needs children.

“Will Powers: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way” is available now everywhere where books are sold.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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