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Gary Allan in “Harmony” with Co-Writers

l-r: Brett James, Gary Allan & Odie Blackmon. Photo credit: Getty Images/Courtesy of ACM Lifting Lives.

Yesterday morning at the University School of Nashville, Gary Allan, Brett James (co-writer of Carrie Underwood‘s “Jesus Take The Wheel”) and Odie Blackmon (co-writer of George Strait‘s “She’ll Leave You With A Smile”) had a very special co-writing session. The trio of songwriters created a tune called “Harmony” with campers at the 2nd Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, a week-long residential program open to campers nationwide with developmental disabilities, talented in music. The Camp has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome and other developmental disabilities and providing music enrichment through performance and education. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the Camp, enabling the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to advance its mission of improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through research, training and service.

Just after finishing the song with the campers, Gary chatted with us about why he wanted to be involved with the organization and revealed what the songwriting session was like. After our interview, he went back to the campers and they rehearsed the song (which they’ll sing on the Grand Ole Opry with Darius Rucker this weekend!). At the end of the clip, you’ll hear a snippet of their heartfelt composition, ”Harmony.” Watch it now!

Gary and Darius aren’t the only artists involved with the Music Camp this week. Last night Little Big Town helped the campers create Andy Warhol-style portraits and tonight, Wynonna‘s singing Karaoke with the campers!


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