Country Music Industry Gathers For Annual St. Jude Seminar
January 19, 2010 at 8:32 AM (PT)
More than 650 Country artists, music industry executives and Country radio staffers gathered in MEMPHIS last week (1/14-1/16) at St. JUDE CHILDREN's RESEARCH HOSPITAL for the annual COUNTRY CARES FOR St. JUDE KIDS radio seminar. The event featured hospital tours, round-table discussions, sessions for visiting radio stations to learn more about the St. JUDE radiothons and artist/patient meet & greets.
Since its inception, the COUNTRY CARES program has raised over $365 million for St. JUDE. COUNTRY CARES founder and former ALABAMA frontman RANDY OWEN said, "There's nothing like it. There's nothing like St. JUDE CHILDREN's RESEARCH HOSPITAL. There's nothing like the St. JUDE COUNTRY CARES program. This is the most important thing I've done in my life besides take care of my wife and children."
The event concluded SATURDAY (1/16) with a Songwriters' Dinner, which featured performances by LEE MILLER, WAYNE CARSON, BRICE LONG, JIM WEATHERLY, WYNN VARBLE and RANDY OWEN, as well as a tribute to the late former ALSAC (AMERICAN LEBANESE SYRIAN ASSOCIATED CHARITIES) CEO RICHARD C. SHADYAC. SHADYAC passed away in SEPTEMBER (NET NEWS 9/21/09).
OWEN ended the evening by performing the ALABAMA hit, "Angels Among Us," and the crowd stood up and joined in the singing. Click here for a full recap and video clips from the seminar.