MINOOKA — A Minooka family is part of a popular singer’s music video release which celebrates families. The Delucio family honors a dad and husband they lost, as country singer Josh Turner croons an upbeat song about finding “Me a baby to make a couple babies/so we’ll sing in harmony.”
Trichelle Holland Delucio of Minooka follows the Facebook page of the bass-voiced singer Turner. In November, when Delucio read that Turner’s company was looking for families to be part of his newest music video, she realized her family, dealing with the loss of her husband, Bill, who died in 2008, had a story to tell about moving forward against the odds. So she emailed the singer, never expecting to hear back.
What she wrote was: “Four short years ago tragedy struck our family; my husband passed away at the age of 27 from a heart condition called cardiomyopathy. From the day he was diagnosed we had three very short months with him. But I am happy to tell you that today we are still heartbroken, but I’m writing this to you with three happy, healthy, and all out different kids. We have struggled to pick up the pieces, but with determination and a motto of ‘failure is not an option’ and God always in our hearts, we are living the new normal and I think it’s a pretty good one.”
Not long after she wrote, Trichelle received a casting call, and now she and her three boys can claim video fame in singer’s Turner’s “Find Me a Baby,” which was released Jan. 23. To date, it’s received 64,800 views on YouTube.
The video features Turner singing. Families, including his own, fill the screen with images of children and parents. Many of the families start out being pictured with one member, like the lyrics say “Nothing worth doing if I’m doing it all by myself.” As the video moves forward, the single person is now holding a frame with himself and his wife or girlfriend in the picture. Then children are pictured. In the Delucio’s case, Trichelle is pictured with son Logan, 7, early in the video. Then later on, the DeLucios, now including sons, Nick, 17, and William, 10, hold a framed picture of Bill, her husband and their dad. The viewer needs to know who to look for, as the images move quickly.
The videotaping session took place in November at Chicago’s Millennium Park. It was cold that day and the singing video star, Turner, was not there himself, Trichelle said. The session only lasted about 30 minutes.
She said although she didn’t talk to any of the other families that were pictured, and none of the family members in any of the video speak on camera, she realizes that her family story may not be the same as theirs.
“Our story was different than the other people’s stories,” said Trichelle, “more somber.” The family did it, she said, to memorialize the boys’ dad. “It’s so great that the boys will have that forever.”
“A lot of friends on Facebook knew Bill and know us. We’ve had an overwhelming response to doing it.”
“I couldn’t have asked for it to be done more tastefully,” she added.