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[03/28/11 - 09:02 AM]
Darius Rucker and ACM Lifting Lives(R) Music Campers to Perform on The "46th Annual Academy of Country Music(R) Awards," Sunday, April 3
The special performance will support the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC).

[via press release from CBS]

DARIUS RUCKER AND ACM LIFTING LIVES(R) MUSIC CAMPERS TO PERFORM AN ORIGINAL SONG BY BRETT JAMES AND CHRIS YOUNG TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR YOUNG ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES, ON THE "46th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC(R) AWARDS," SUNDAY, APRIL 3 ON CBS

The Special "Lifting Lives" Moment, Presented by Julianne Hough and Chris Young, Will Benefit the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Chart-topping country music star Darius Rucker and ACM Lifting Lives(R), the Academy of Country Music's charitable arm, are partnering for a musical event to benefit the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC). In their first performance together, 25 ACM Lifting Lives music campers with disabilities will join Rucker on the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards' stage to perform "Music from the Heart," a song the campers wrote collectively last summer with ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp songwriters Brett James and Chris Young. The special moment will be performed during the 46TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 3 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

James has created a new arrangement of the song, customized for this never-before-seen performance. Young, along with Music Camp friend, country singer and star of the upcoming remake of the classic movie musical, "Footloose," Julianne Hough, will introduce Rucker and the "2011 Lifting Lives Music Camp" moment to viewers.

The special performance will support the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC), whose mission is to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. For six years, the VKC has hosted a music camp for people with Williams Syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities; ACM Lifting Lives sponsored the camp for the first time this past summer. Being so touched by the experience, the Academy has sought to do more for those with disabilities ever since.

ACM Lifting Lives is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. For the third consecutive year, ACM Lifting Lives will partner with an artist and a benefiting charity to create a very special moment on the stage of the ACM Awards. Last year, ACM Lifting Lives raised funds and awareness for Stand Up 2 Cancer from downloads and direct donations as a result of Toby Keith's performance "Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)" with Dave Koz in memory of fellow musician Wayman Tisdale.

Viewers will be given the option to donate to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center by dialing 1-888-9-LIFTING. All proceeds will benefit the VKC's mission and research to improve the lives of young adults with disabilities. Donations may also be made online at www.acmliftinglives.org or www.kc.vanderbilt.edu.

"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 need is huge," said Dr. Elisabeth Dykens, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Director. "One in five children has a developmental disability, which is lifelong, and 20 percent of American families have a family member with a disability. Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers, clinicians and educators are at work every day of every week on discoveries and best practices. We're so grateful to ACM Lifting Lives for this moment of great generosity that will allow us to help even more families."

"The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is an amazing place. 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," said Erin Spahn, Executive Director ACM Lifting Lives. "Our goal is to shine a light on the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center so that viewers will know that they or their loved one are not alone. They may even have a future beyond their wildest dreams, just like the men and women who will make up the choir behind Darius (Rucker) at the ACM Awards."

The 46TH ANNUAL Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions. Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers; Barry Adelman is the producer and Bob Bardo serves as the executive in charge of production.





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