Casey James Wows the Crowd at ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp

Campers also serenade Casey with their original song.

photo by Carissa Riccardi

Casey James took part in the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp for the first time, Thursday (June 26). But he vowed it wouldn’t be the last. Casey had the time of his life as he entertained the campers onstage at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe, then got an impromptu serenade himself.

Casey started off his appearance by answering questions from the 30 campers in attendance. Many of the questions revolved around his appearance on American Idol in 2010. Asked what the backstage atmosphere was like on the show, Casey explained that there was a competitive nature but also a friendly one.

Casey performed his song “Drive” for the campers, who clapped and sang along with great spirit. “That’s the best clapping I’ve ever heard in my entire career,” Casey raved. “You were right on tempo the whole time.” Casey closed his brief set with “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night,” but the campers weren’t ready to call it a day. In a spontaneous moment, they all agreed to serenade Casey with an original song they had written during the Music Camp, “Bright Eyes.”

Following the show, Casey shared with Country Weekly that this marked his initial participation in ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp. The weeklong camp, part of the Academy of Country Music’s charitable efforts, is a program for people with Williams syndrome, which is often characterized by learning disabilities.

“I had heard about it and knew it was going to be a great time,” said the young singer. “What an amazing group of people. This actually was my first time but it won’t be the last, that’s for sure.”

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