When Neal McCoy posted the words of the Pledge of Allegiance over six years ago, he didn’t imagine that it would turn into more than 2,200 consecutive days of sharing the patriotic message. Now, the daily video broadcast has evolved into a history lesson, a celebration of his fans, and a vlog of his life.
Best known for his hits “Wink,” “No Doubt About It,” and “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On,” the high-energy entertainer chatted with Country Now about his multi-year daily Pledge of Allegiance social media posts and his possible plans for a new album.
When the political party nominations were on the horizon for the 2016 presidential and congressional elections, McCoy took a look at the landscape of potential nominees across both parties and came to a thought-provoking realization.
“I just said, you know what, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter all that dramatically who’s in Congress or who’s the President,” McCoy told Country Now. “The thing that makes this country great is the people like us, like me and you. They just go to work every day and do their things. And in the whole scheme of things, some of the bigger decisions made don’t affect us that much.”
That was the inspiration for McCoy’s first Facebook post of the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I just thought I would say the Pledge, let people know that I love this country,” recalled McCoy. “I think it’s the greatest country, no matter what’s going on. And I respect our flag.”
His fans were initially a little confused, but supportive. About a week into the daily Pledge broadcasts, he started receiving feedback from fans that it helped them get their day started. That encouragement inspired McCoy to keep posting.
“I kept doing it and I didn’t miss a day, even through my dad’s passing and my mom’s passing,” McCoy shared.
Now, the videos include a variety of topics with the Pledge of Allegiance, including interesting moments on that day in history, updates on McCoy’s life, and shout-outs to fans for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. Fans will send content for McCoy to use, making the experience interactive.
After six years of daily posts, the patriotic singer has said the Pledge of Allegiance from a variety of places, including international destinations. McCoy performed on the Country Music Cruise in March, which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Guests on the cruise were able to join McCoy on his live broadcast of the Pledge.
As his Pledge of Allegiance broadcasts grew in popularity, fans would approach him to say the Pledge of Allegiance with them at shows and he even started to receive invitations to appear at cemeteries and rotary clubs. McCoy tries to accommodate as many requests as possible, honored to have the opportunity to do something he enjoys.
About four years into the series, fans were asking for more. They wanted to hear from McCoy in the afternoons or evenings, in addition to the morning posts. McCoy saw it as an opportunity to offer exclusive access to his die-hard fans and created a paid subscription platform. For $10 per month, fans get access to live streams from soundchecks, concerts, and behind the scenes of McCoy’s personal life.
The entertainer admits that it’s been too long since he’s recorded a new album, but that he prefers being on stage and on the road, interacting with fans.
“It probably is time that I get back and record something,” he shared. “I think I am gonna try and get in before too long, I want to cut a gospel project for sure.”
To keep up with McCoy and watch his daily live broadcasts of the Pledge of Allegiance, visit https://www.facebook.com/nealmccoymusic.