The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge and Wynonna are just some of the stars participating in the 5th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp this week. The weeklong residential program is open to campers nationwide with Williams syndrome who are also talented in music. The Camp has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the Camp, enabling the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to advance its mission of “improving the lives of individuals with Williams syndrome and their families through research, training and service.”
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Music Camp and the 5th year that ACM Lifting Lives has been involved. On Monday, campers attended a songwriting workshop with The Band Perry, crafting a song from concept to final wording. The next day, they gathered at Wildhorse Saloon to meet with The Swon Brothers and share stories about their camp experience. Wednesday, campers spent the day in the studio with Lee Brice and Ross Copperman, recording the song they wrote with The Band Perry. That night, campers will head to Winner’s for karaoke with Brett Eldredge and Wynonna. Thursday, they will visit the legendary Bluebird Café with Casey James and sit down to dinner with JT Hodges. The week of camp will wrap on Friday with a very special performance. The campers will join Chris Janson on stage at the Grand Ole Opry to sing their original song live.