May 18th, 2011
11:16 AM ET
After Angela Ceravolo said “yes” to Jonathan Tremblay’s proposal, he only had one thing left to do: Thank the band Train for helping him out.
“Thank you guys for coming out here – this has been a dream come true for me,” he said through tears in Atlanta's CNN Center on Monday.
“You’re going to make me cry, man,” singer Pat Monahan said. “I can’t be doing that on CNN. I got a reputation to uphold.”
In all seriousness, Train has been making dreams like this come true ever since their song “Marry Me” came out in 2009. The band performs the tune acoustically at concerts and will often hear a small cheer during the song – the sound of another couple getting engaged to their music.
“I love stuff like this,” Monahan said. “Anything we can do to contribute to something positive on this planet.”
Train started bringing couples up on stage to propose and eventually decided to spread the joy a little bit wider. In Atlanta this week, they teamed up with the nationally syndicated "Bert Show" to surprise Ceravolo. This summer, they’ll pick a military couple from thousands of contest entries for an onstage, soulful proposal.
“Military families are, to me, a lot like what we do,” Monahan said. “You know, we’re away from our families all the time. Fortunately we don’t have to risk our lives like they do, but I figured this is one little thing that we do share with them.”
“Marry Me” was inspired by Monahan’s wife. He proposed to her in Italy as they were overlooking the Mediterranean.
“You know, men fall in love every 15 seconds… no wait, that’s think about sex,” Monahan joked. “I cried when I proposed to my wife, too. But my proposal was like ‘I want abaghagdagman…’ and she was like ‘What? What are you saying? Quit crying!’”
Train will begin their summer tour with Maroon 5 on July 22 in Houston, Texas. And their latest single, “Save me San Francisco,” is quickly rising on the charts.
“I had no idea it was going to get so big so fast,” Monahan said. “I should’ve known; we’re awesome.”
So awesome that they have a 100 percent winning streak when it comes to singing the national anthem at sports games – the home team always wins. It’s a streak they’re hoping to continue with the couples that get engaged to their song.
Ceravolo is ready to start the tally. “We will never break up,” she said, hugging her new fiancé tightly.
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