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Today we focus on a Nebraska native, who graduated from the University of Nebraska, and who got his first big break when one of his songs appeared on the TV series Smallville.

Some people are just natural born communicators. Born and raised in the small town of Hubbell, Nebraska, Lucas Hoge has toured the world, sharing his music with American Troops across the globe. After his song "If Only I Could" was featured on the TV series Smallville in 2002, Hoge was picked by Toby Keith to not only appear on a TV Christmas special, but also to perform with Keith as part of tours that not only visited Denmark, Norway and Sweden, but went to the hot spots in the middle east like Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, Afghanistan, where American troops were in harms way. In support of our troops he has become part of the organizations, a charity that helps military families by supply education scholarships. He is also the official spokesperson for Guardian Angels for a Soldiers Pet.

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After releasing his 2006 album Dirt, Hoge received awards for Country Album of the Year and Christian Contemporary Singer and Songwriter from the Los Angeles Music Awards. He would become the host of the Animal Planet TV series Last Chance Highway, writing and singing the show's theme. The program was an 8 part series, focusing on animal rescuer Shelly Bookwalter, who rescues dogs from the streets and from kill shelters.

In 2011, Hoge received his greatest recognition, when he answered a fan's dying wish to hear her poetry performed as music. The songwriter took a poem written by Natalie Fognani and used it as his inspiration for the song "How Was I To Know". He debuted the song while opening for Martina McBride in Colorado, Fognani's home state, with her in attendance. Later in that year, he landed his second TV theme, with his song "Give A Damn" being used for the GAC Series Tom's Wild Life. He has landed songs on several TV series, and opened up for acts like George Jones (Hoge's first Ryman Auditorium performance in 2011), Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins, Craig Morgan, Hank Williams Jr. and others.

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Hoge has recently released a brand new EP, and the lead single from the project is in our spotlight today. Lucas Hoge and "Boom, Boom" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but your going to want to hear it again.

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