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Wynonna Judd led a group of happy campers in some spirited karaoke singing at a special performance during the second annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp at Winner’s music club in Nashville, Tuesday (June 28).
ACM Lifting Lives, a program started by the Academy of Country Music, helps campers nationwide who are diagnosed with Williams syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Campers got the karaoke ball rolling even before Wynonna arrived, with renditions of the classic Kool & the Gang party song “Celebration,” Dolly Parton's “9 to 5” and others.
As Wynonna entered the club, one camper was finishing up an appropriate tune, Wynonna’s hit single “No One Else on Earth.” Wynonna watched and sang along as others performed karaoke versions of The Judds’ hits “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ’Bout the Good Old Days)” and James Taylor’s “Shower the People.” The campers, who have difficulty with language, mobility and independent living, nonetheless show remarkable musical aptitude, as they know the lyrics and melodies by heart. Many have the ability to sing with perfect pitch.
After the performance, Wynonna remarked that the evening gave her a lift as well. “I have to be honest, I was not having a great day,” she told CountryWeekly.com. “But to see the faces of those campers when I walked in was just amazing. Their joy is infectious.” She added that we can all take a lesson from the campers’ happy spirits.
“I watched one sing every single nuance of a song and he didn’t give a rip what anyone thought,” Wynonna said with a smile. “If we could be as free and not worry so much about what other people think, we’d be a lot happier.”