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Lauren Alaina enjoyed last year's ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp so much, she asked to come back this year. Lauren indeed returned to hang out with these extraordinary campers at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tuesday evening (June 25).
ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp is a weeklong residential program open to campers nationwide who have been diagnosed with Williams syndrome, a genetic condition characterized by developmental delays and learning disabilities. Those who have the syndrome, however, also exhibit highly social personalities and remarkable gifts for music. "Last year, I had such a blast doing it," Lauren told Country Weekly. 'We did karaoke and sang all kinds of songs. I asked if I could be a part of it again this year."
Lauren met with the campers, signed promotional pictures and posed for photos with the campers. One serenaded her with a spot-on rendition of "You Are So Beautiful," while another sang a short version of Lauren's hit "Georgia Peaches." Lauren also enjoyed a fun moment with another camper, who returned to the autograph line because Lauren forgot to sign her own name to the photo. "Oh, my goodness, I didn't sign it!" she said after sharing a laugh with the young lady. "I guess I just wanted to see you again."
During the evening, Lauren noted that programs like Lifting Lives are important and meaningful to her. "I've actually been involved with Special Olympics since I was around 12," said the 18-year-old star. "Giving back to any organization is really dear to my heart and I just think it's very important to think of other people before thinking about yourself. That is how I was raised. I try to give back in every way possible."
Fans can look forward to a new album from Lauren, possibly toward the end of the year. Her current single, "Barefoot and Buckwild," is now on the charts.