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Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker + More Are ‘Lifting Lives’

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Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Gary Allan and Little Big Town have all partnered with the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, donating their time and talent to provide musical enrichment for patients with Williams Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. The ACM Lifting Lives program foots the cost of the camp, allowing the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to improve training, research and services for those afflicted.

Campers will participate in a songwriting workshop with Gary, along with songwriters Brett James and Odie Blackmon. The song will be recorded by famed producer Mark Bright with Carrie at a private recording session, and will be performed live at the Grand Ole Opry with Darius on July 1.

Darius reprises his efforts with the camp; the singer joined 25 campers to perform ‘Music From the Heart,’ written by the campers, Chris Young and Brett, during the ACM Awards ceremony last April. “When I was up there, I just felt every ounce of love that these guys have,” he recalls of the memorable performance. “I love these guys. I can’t wait for the camp so I can go hang out. They’re awesome to hang out with; we laugh all the time. We’re always high-fiving and hugging. These are my friends. This is my band.”

Additionally, the campers will be treated to a visit with Little Big Town at the famed Manuel’s boutique and an evening of dinner and karaoke with Wynonna. The purpose of the camp is to offer an invaluable creative learning experience with Nashville’s most premiere musicians.

To learn more about the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, click here.

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