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Music from the Heart


By Jan Read
February 2012

Since country singer Darius Rucker and 25 members of the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp performed live at the Academy of Country Music Awards Show last spring, more than 4,000 donations have been made to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, changing the lives of countless people with developmental disabilities.

Darius Rucker, center, sings with participants of the ACM Lifting Lives music camp at the Academy of Country Music Awards Show. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

Darius Rucker, center, sings with participants of the ACM Lifting Lives music camp at the Academy of Country Music Awards Show. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

The performance has been seen an estimated 115 million times through a range of media. Rucker and the campers traveled to Las Vegas to perform “Music From the Heart,” an original song written by the campers. The six-year-old music camp at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center brings together people with Williams Syndrome, autism and other disabilities to celebrate music.

“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.”

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