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The 2017 ACM Lifting Lives Camp wrapped up another successful week in Nashville, TN. Dierks Bentley kicked off the first day by leading a songwriting session with songwriter/producer Ross Copperman & the campers to produce their tune “I Love Big.” The campers left their mark on Bentley who was inspired by their infectious personalities. The camp brings people of all ages to Nashville who are diagnosed with Williams syndrome for the five day event.
Day two brought Radio Hall of Fame inductee, Bobby Bones who welcomed questions from the campers in Seacrest Studios at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
During day three, Jerrod Niemann joined in on a karaoke event at Winner’s Bar & Grill to perform with the campers on a couple of his hits.
Moved by a sweet dedication of Niemann’s smash hit “What Do You Want,” he shocked a camper by joining in on an ovation-worthy duet.
On day four country singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini popped into the Black River Sound Stage Studios to hear the campers perform a recording of their new tune. Ballerini stated, “I just believe in the power of music and the happiness it brings.”
During the last day, campers were able to perform their tune live on the Grand Ole Opry stage with country superstar Chris Young. Young in the past has been involved in the songwriting process of the camp but this time enjoyed a switch of roles.
The camp is a partnership between ACM Lifting Lives and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. For more information on ACM Lifting Lives, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.
Tonight at the @opry , Chris Young sang an original song with #ACMLiftingLivesMusicCamp called “I Love Big”. The song was written by the campers, @dierksbentley , and @rosscopperman // Tonight’s Opry show also included Connie Smith, Jim Lauderdale, Chris Janson, and Carly Pearce. ????: Katie Goodwin