Darius Rucker And ACM Lifting Lives Team For ACM Awards
March 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM (PT)
CAPITOL RECORDS/NASHVILLE artist DARIUS RUCKER and ACM LIFTING LIVES are partnering for a musical event to benefit the VANDERBILT KENNEDY CENTER (VKC). For the first time performing together, 25 ACM LIFTING LIVES music campers with developmental disabilities will join RUCKER at the ACM AWARDS to perform “Music from the Heart.” The campers wrote the song last summer with ACM LIFTING LIVES MUSIC CAMP songwriters BRETT JAMES and CHRIS YOUNG.
JAMES has created a new arrangement of the song, customized for this performance. YOUNG will introduce RUCKER for the award show.
“People with disabilities often have rare abilities, and in some cases those abilities involve a special talent or affinity for music,” said RUCKER. “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 performance will support the VANDERBILT KENNEDY CENTER, whose mission is to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. The VKC has hosted a music camp for people with WILLIAMS Syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities for six years, and this past summer, ACM LIFTING LIVES sponsored the camp for the first time.
Viewers will be given the option to make a donation of their choice to VKC by dialing 1-888-9-LIFTING or may make a $5 donation by texting DREAM to 27722. Donations may also be made online at www.acmliftinglives.org or www.kc.vanderbilt.edu.
The awards will be broadcast from the MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA in LAS VEGAS on SUNDAY, APRIL 3rd at 8p (ET/PT) on CBS-TV.