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I Prevail frontman pays off parents' mortgage for Christmas

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The singer for the Grammy Award-nominated Detroit rock band I Prevail gave his parents a particularly special Christmas this year.

Brian Burkheiser posted a message on social media saying that, "Tonight, I did something that I've been dreaming of for years. I was able to pay off my pops mortgage and get him one step closer to retirement." Burkheiser, who resides in Oakland County, accompanied the note with a video of him sharing the news with his father via a holiday card and a sign reading "DEBT FREE/It's paid off."

"Your mortgage is paid off, my man. It's paid off," Burkheiser says in the video as his father falls onto the couch in surprise. "We're getting you out of that job and you're gonna be able to spend all sorts of time with mom and us. You're not gonna have to drive two-and-a-half hours to work anymore. So, 50 grand is going toward your mortgage to pay it off and starting the next chapter of everything."

In the rest of his post, Burkheiser writes, He added, "I love you more than words can express. You and mom have worked your asses off to give our family the world and supported me through all the highs and lows. At my lowest point when I was ready to leave I Prevail you pushed me to not let go of my dream and fight through the trauma. The least I can do now is try to pay you back for everything you’ve given me over this life."

Members of other bands, including We Came as Romans, Breaking Benjamin, Beartooth, Fozzy, Machine Head and others, all praised Burkheiser online for his generosity.

I Prevail is nominated for two Grammy Awards -- Best Rock Album for the quintet's sophomore release "Trauma" and Best Metal Performance for the track "Bow Down." The group will be touring in Europe during February and March, then returns to North America with Five Finger Death Punch, including a May 12 show at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena.

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