The Band Perry Lift Lives With the Academy of Country Music

Band Members Write a Song Alongside Campers With Williams Syndrome

The Academy of Country Music and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center are holding the annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp in Nashville this week, and The Band Perry spent a fun-filled day writing songs with the campers.

Providing music enrichment through performance and education to individuals with Williams syndrome, the camp simultaneously gathers data about the condition. Williams syndrome is characterized by cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities.

“I know when Reed and Neil and I usually sit down in the afternoons before we go to write, we just sort of talk about something that’s happened to us in life or something we’re feeling,” Kimberly Perry told CMT Hot 20 Countdown during the event. “I think the one thing that we love the most about country music is the storytelling.”

By day’s end on Monday (June 23), the campers — with help from the country stars — had completed a new song called “Bright Eyes.” It was inspired by the beautiful personalities of its writers.

“I think the perspective that we walk away with today is just how much joy and contentment and true genuine love that these campers showed each other and showed the three of us,” Kimberly said. “It’s what they wanted to write about.”

Her brother Neil agreed.

“There’s just an excitement that they give off, and it’s contagious,” he said. “We just had a great time writing the song, and it’s about hope and enjoying the company of others, so it was a really great time.”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Music Camp and the fifth year ACM Lifting Lives has been involved. Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, JT Hodges, Casey James, Chris Janson, the Swon Brothers, Wynonna and producer Ross Copperman are also involved in the camp’s activities this week.

For more, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (June 28-29) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.