On Sunday, April 3, 2011, Darius Rucker graced the ACM Awards stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Campers of the ACM Lifting Lives foundation joined him to sing the song “Music From the Heart.” The campers wrote the song alongside songwriters Brett James and Chris Young that summer at camp.
“People with disabilities often have rare abilities, and in some cases, those abilities involve a special talent or affinity for music,” said Rucker. Further, he adds, “I am honored to join ACM Lifting Lives and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to highlight how music can better the lives of young people with developmental disabilities on country music’s biggest night.”
The ACM Lifting Lives had partnered with artists in the past, to raise money for an organization. For example, at the 45th annual ACM Awards, Toby Keith performed “Crying for Me (Wayman’s Song)” with Dave Koz to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer. The year before that, Trace Adkins teamed up with ACM Lifting Lives for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Darius Rucker’s performance in 2011 also supported the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.
About The ACM Lifting Lives
The ACM Lifting Lives is an organization extension of the Academy of Country Music. Lifting Lives dedicates itself to improving lives through the power of music. For instance, they provide grants to different kinds of music therapies and music education programs each year. The program also gives help to members of the Country Music community who experience unexpected financial or physical hardship.
About the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is located in Nashville, Tennessee, on the campus of Vanderbilt University. It dedicates itself to transforming the lives of children and adults living with disabilities. The center uses innovative research to do so. The Kennedy Center also trains other clinicians and doctors from around the world to use their research.
“The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is an amazing place,” Erin Spahn, the ACM Lifting Lives director at the time said. “Here, people and families across the country who are affected by developmental disabilities can benefit from world-class science and find understanding, companionship, and hope.”
[H/T ACM Lifting Lives]