Little Big Town Performs During ACM’s Lifting Lives Music Camp

The event uses music and art to enrich the lives of campers with Williams Syndrome.

27 June_ 2011 _ Nashville_ TN _ Little Big Town sings_ signs autographs and poses for pictures with special needs kids attending Music Camp as part of the ACM  Lifting Lives project at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.
photo by Randi Radcliff

Little Big Town teamed up with the Academy of Country Music’s Lifting Lives Music Camp to bring music and fun to a very special group of campers yesterday (June 27).

The second annual camp is a weeklong residential program open to campers nationwide with developmental disabilities, who are talented in music. The camp’s dual purpose is to study Williams Syndrome and other developmental disabilities while providing music enrichment and education.

Held at Vanderbilt’s Kennedy Center, Shaun Giles of Nashville’s Frist Center helped campers create Andy Warhol-style self-portraits, but the campers got a surprise when Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town arrived to greet them. The group performed an a cappella version of "Little White Church" before signing autographs and taking pictures with each of the campers.

To Little Big Town’s surprise, the campers had a musical treat for them, too. The campers sang “Music From the Heart,” the song they performed with Darius Rucker on the recent ACM Awards.

“I got teary-eyed in there, choked up, because it was just amazing,” said Phillip. “Their love, they didn’t hold anything back. It was powerful.”

The members of Little Big Town clearly have a love for giving back to their community; the group recently performed during the motorcycle charity event Ride for a Cure during CMA Music Festival in Nashville. “We just believe in giving back,” said Phillip. “It’s good for the soul and part of who we are and we will always be giving back to the community and sharing. We feel like it's a gift to get to do what we do, so giving back is so much easier to do.”

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