The ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp kicked off yesterday with The Band Perry, who held a songwriting session at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University. The singing siblings joined forces with the campers who suffer from Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that that leads to intense musical ability or interest. Together the new super-group wrote a song called “Bright Eyes.”
In the video (below), a newly-married Kimberly Perry suggests the title “Bright Eyes” after a patient informs the band that most people with Williams Syndrome have blue or green eyes. She admits that she and her brothers get as much from the experience as the campers. “The perspective that we walk away with today is how much joy and contentment and true genuine love that these campers showed each other and showed the three of us.”
“There’s an excitement that they give off and it’s contagious…it’s just about hope and enjoying the company of others,” says Neil Perry, echoing his sister. “It was a really great time.”
Speaking to ABC News Radio, Kimberly also spoke further about the experience and songwriting in general. “Honestly, whether it’s with family like we do here in The Band Perry, or with some co-writing friends, yeah, you are kind of checking your ideas that you toss out, at least, I know I do that, but they were full-throttle. It was like, from the get-go, we had, like, a title and exactly what they were thinking and feeling.”
“One thing that that we’ve really been trying to work on our songwriting is, you can write a pretty lyric, but is it honest? Do you truly believe that?” says Reid Perry to ABC News Radio. “So, it was really interesting seeing them. They had no filter and therefore, were very honest about what they wanted to say and what it made them feel.”
The campers will continue to have a fun-filled and star-filled week, recording the Perry-written track with Lee Brice. They’ll sing the song at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday with rising country star Chris Janson. They’ll also have the opportunity to spend time with Wynonna, Brett Eldredge, Casey James and the Swon Brothers.