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Trace Adkins sings for ACM charity

Friday, March 13, 2009 – The Academy of Country Music today announced plans to unveil its newly re-branded charitable fund, ACM Lifting Lives at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Trace Adkins will perform his song Til the Last Shot's Fired with the West Point Glee Club in support of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), the charity selected this year by Lifting Lives.

The ACMs will be held in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5 at 8 p.m. live eastern/delayed Pacific on CBS.

Lifting Lives works to improve lives through music. The philanthropy was previously referred to as the Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund (ACMCF).

"The Academy of Country Music has changed the name of its charity to encompass all existing charitable giving and not just the charitable fund, which is our grant-giving program" said Dennis Lord, Chairman of the Board for Lifting Lives. "We also wanted a name that explains our focus, namely lifting people up through the power of music. Lifting Lives is a powerful, alliterative way of communicating our mission, and it speaks of our audacious plans for the future." Adkins and the West Point Glee Club will dedicate their performance to the soldiers who will be seated in the front rows at the ceremony. Fans will be able to download the song at iTunes and all profits from downloads will benefit the WWP, an organization that provides extensive support to troops wounded in combat.

Til the Last Shot's Fired is from Adkins' 10th album "X," and looks at military history and personal sacrifice. The West Point Glee Club also sings on the CD.

"It's a privilege to perform this song with such a distinguished choir for the great servicemen and women in whose honor it was written," said Adkins. "We should always let our military know how much we appreciate them putting their lives on the line for us every day. The WWP provides an incredible service to those wounded in combat, so it's an honor to donate proceeds of the performance downloads to support this important and worthy charity."


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