Casey James at Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Seminar

Casey James will be among more than 30 Nashville artists who will travel to Memphis this weekend to take part in the three-day Country Cares radiothon seminar to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   

The invited musicians will join more than 800 radio representatives from across the country who will be participating in the event.  Casey and other Nashville artists will tour the hospital, conduct interviews and tape radio appeals.   This three-day event educates and prepares radio stations for the annual fund-raising radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which runs from January through April.

Country Cares was founded in 1989 by Alabama lead-singer and Country Music Hall of Fame member Randy Owen to raise money for St. Jude’s Children hospital, known for its work as a pediatric cancer treatment and research facility.  St. Jude is unique among pediatric cancer research center as the only one where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. The radio telethons have raised more than $385 million for the hospital over the past 22 years.   If you wish to donate to St. Jude, click here

Don’t bother booking a flight to Memphis. The event is for radio personnel only and is closed to the public.  It includes a meet and greet of St. Jude patients, a tour of the hospital, meeting with patients’ families and strategy discussions.  There will be music on Saturday night — although the organizers are mum about just what country music stars will be performing.  Last year Carrie Underwood, Danny Gokey and Jewel were among the performers. 

Congrats to Sony/BNA artist Casey James for being part of this great cause.

Sign in front of St. Jude Hospital

Twitter is a great way to stay updated with the Country Cares weekend events.  Radio station 104.3 CountryKCY tweeted: “Lots of your favorite stars are here too! We’ve already seen Ronnie Dunn, The Band Perry, Jake Owen and Casey James from American Idol!”

Liz from a Chicago radio station posted a blurry picture of Casey James from Memphis last night on her twitter page:

Casey James in Memphis for Country Cares

Country Cares published photos of the country stars meeting with patients at St. Jude.  This was the first photo of Casey at St. Jude:

Casey James visiting St. Jude Hospital

Brian Mansfield of USA Today’s Idol Chatter published this photo and this quote from Casey about the experience of visiting the hospital: 

“It’s not at all like a hospital; it’s very uplifting,” Casey says. “It feels amazing to be involved and just an honor and a blessing.”

Casey James and Caleb

MSN had an article on the charity weekend events as well as this photo of Casey with another patient, Caleb, during his visit at the hospital.  Here is an excerpt from their article:

 Thirty country music artists are in Memphis this week to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the radio stations that help fund it via annual radiothons and other events. Among the artists who toured the hospital today and visited with some of the patients are Ronnie Dunn (pictured on the left with patient Brayden), Jake Owen, the Band Perry, Justin Moore, “iCarly” star Jennette McCurdy, Josh Kelley, the Grascals, Steve Holy, the Eli Young Band and former “American Idol” finalist Casey James (pictured below right sharing his autograph with patient Caleb).

A number of the artists who met with patients at St. Jude made a brief video of their experience which was shared on the Country Cares website.  Here is the video of Casey at St. Jude from Country Cares:

In the Country Cares article, they say this about Casey:

American Idol contestant Casey James said his family had been “greatly affected” by cancer and that meeting St. Jude patients and their families hit close to home. “It feels amazing to be involved in Country Cares. It’s an honor and a blessing.”

A Casey James fan on Twitter Ana Perfoncio took screencaps from the video to show Casey with some other awesome kids that he met at St. Jude:

Ana also tweeted this screenshot from the video:

RadioInfo.com, billed as radio’s online community, wrote a story about the event and mentioned  “former ‘American Idol’ finalist Casey James” as one of the 30 country artists there to support Country Cares.  In a subsequent article, they again listed the participants from country music, but added “two favorites of the patients during their hospital tours, “iCarly” star Jennette McCurdy and former “American Idol” finalist Casey James.”

Another picture of Casey at the event, with a radio industry attendee Rita Huff:

Casey James and Rita Huff

The three-day program concluded on Saturday night with the annual Songwriter’s Dinner.  Although there is no official report from the dinner, we have eyewitness reports from some attendees.

From a tweet, it appears that the event host and founder of Country Cares, Randy Owen, played a new song called “Friends” at the Songwriters Dinner.  In addition, other well-known songwriters including Aimee Mayo, Sonny Curtis, Rivers Rutherford, Roger Murrah, and Chris Lindsay performed and shared the story behind some of their famous songs.  Aimee sang a song that had the word “liar” in it. Rivers sang “Real Good Man,” “When I Get Where I’m Going” & “Who You’d Be Today.”  Roger performed “Goodbye Time.”

A number of articles were written about the country stars turning out for St. Jude.  All Access Music Group, The Tennessean, Music Row and Country Music Cares all mentioned Casey and the other artists who took part in the seminar. Great American Country also listed Casey among the “country music stars” who descended on Memphis in support of St. Jude.  CMT had a small photo gallery of the artists’ visit to the hospital on their site, including the one with Casey and Anna that you can see above. 

Donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital can be made through Country Cares or directly to St. Jude.  Just click on the links to help this worthy cause!

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34 Responses to Casey James at Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Seminar

  1. Ana Lúcia Perfoncio says:

    I’m glad that Casey James and other artists involved in this great event!
    It is gratifying to see he participate and stay involved in the cause of children with cancer.
    Casey James, you’ll certainly cause much joy among children! 🙂

  2. Polina___ says:

    This is the best morning news Shari! 🙂 I always had a soft spot for St. Jude and donate regularly… now hearing that Casey is going to be involved in such a wonderful cause, it just warmed up my heart so much 🙂
    I agree with Ana Lucia that Casey for sure will bring lots of joy to children when visiting and singing for them ! 🙂
    So happy! 🙂
    Thank you again for sharing 🙂

  3. Karen Smith says:

    Remember one of the hometown visit videos where the little boy wanted to shake Mr. Casey James’ hand? And the way he sang to his cousin’s little girl on his farewell song, Daughters? He will be such a great ambassador of joy to the patients and their families. I am so very proud of him for participating in the St. Jude’s benefit.

  4. @CJFan_Audrey says:

    NICE 🙂 Casey gives back! Hope to see Casey in action conducting some interviews. I remember his fun interview with Crystal and he was so natural at it. Hope we get a sneak peak!

  5. Karen says:

    Happy to see Casey involved with such a great cause! 🙂

  6. Minilove66 says:

    So happy Casey is invited such a great event. Yes Casey will surely bring joy and happiness with his big love, smile, and music!
    Can’t wait for the pics and interviews coming. Thanks for sharing:)

  7. Kathy aka Krainia says:

    Casey wanted to help cancer research and this is such a wonderful opportunity for him to begin that. I feel sure he will continue to support cancer research and other worthy causes. What a tremendous exposure to the radio executives. I think he’s going to need an appointment book with him for his in-station radio invitations. I hope he gets to sing at the Saturday night show!

  8. Alexis Dunn says:

    so glad Casey got a chance to do this, he loves children and Cancer research will always be one 0f his goals. thanks Shari and have fun Casey.

  9. Carolyn says:

    Shari,

    Thanks for the continued news about Casey. I know you spend a lot of valuable time on this and it IS appreciated. Rarely post, but I always, always check in.

  10. Tammy Minder says:

    What an enriching experience it will be for the children @St.Jude’s as well as for Casey!!So glad that Casey James was a part of this!!Thank-you to you Shari for this enlightening article.

  11. bluemiss says:

    So proud and happy for Casey. So glad he is sharing his beautiful spirit with the children at St. Jude’s. Today I was reflecting on the highlights of last year and one of my favorite moments was the moment it was announced that Casey was in the AI top 3 and would get a hometown visit. I wanted that for him so much. Glad to see him living his dream.

  12. Gudrunvoncat says:

    What a blessing for Casey to be able to give a little joy in these precious childrens lives.

  13. Paula says:

    I hope Casey is OK after this emotional experience…He has such a big heart and empathy for these guys…It’s a good cause these guys are involved in but has to be very hard on the heart in many ways. My brother passed away of leukemia at the age of 12. It’s very hard to watch young ones be sick and suffering. Casey will no doubt bring the sunshine with his million dollar smile!!

    • Paula,
      So sorry to hear about your brother!! You can really appreciate how important St. Jude is and the work they do there — and how awesome it is for the country music community to come together to raise awareness and money. But I bet it’s hard not to get emotional!

  14. Polina___ says:

    How touching, seeing Casey with these beautiful kids. I’m sure they enjoyed meeting him so much. Casey must have been really happy to be able to attend and spend time with children, he longs so much to do good…, even though I’m sure his heart also must have ached a bit…
    My prayers and heart go out to children with their families and to wonderful people carrying for them & fighting for cure and also to wonderful people bringing them joy like country artists this weekend!

  15. Darla says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

  16. Elyne says:

    Love it!!Casey, you’re the man!! 😉

  17. Keeys531 says:

    Just when I think I can’t be any more proud of Casey, then he does things like this and changes everything! He is such a good man:)

  18. Jeanette says:

    Thank you, Shari, for sharing another beautiful side of Casey. What a great cause.

  19. Gina (Bamagurl721) says:

    Thanks for posting this. It’s no suprise that Casey would be there. What a guy!

  20. Cynthia from Canada says:

    Casey has always reminded me of Jesus, and this only shows more and more the character that he is behind his beautiful smile. After the the spiritual journey he experienced for himself from his near fatal accident, I believe he has a lot of faith and hope to share with these sick children. I am feeling so proud of him.

  21. Lucy says:

    I am so glad that Casey is particiated in a good cause with a group of professional musicians

  22. Cynthia from Canada says:

    I will definitely make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, many thanks to Casey James for bringing this awareness to me. I’m from Nova Scotia Canada and I have printed off the gift form to mail in. Children deserve our help and support.

  23. Pamela says:

    Casey has a heart as big as Texas! Not surprised at all to see him sharing it with children who need a smile. : )

  24. MNCyn says:

    ” … just to do what I could, because I have the ability.” This says so much about Casey. Among other things, music to him is a healing force. When he performed with Bret Michaels, at the end you can can her Bret say, “I want to thank you, Casey,” because Casey understood what Bret was going through … that he had to sing … it was part of his healing. And when Casey was in Minnesota, he was so sick, we could see that the few minutes we talked to him before the performance, and we thought, he shouldn’t be doing this. But the minute he got on that stage, it was like the force of his music took over, his eyes were bright, energy restored, he looked refreshed and sang amazingly! Music heals. And Casey shares it with the elderly and the ill simply … “because I have the ability.” Like Keeys said above, just when I think I can’t be any more proud of Casey, he does this.

  25. Cynthia from Canada says:

    It’s so ironic that while on the same weekend that Country Cares For St. Jude was taking place through volunteer acts of kindness by great country artists, The Golden Globes was being hosted by Ricky Gervais by a not so receptive super-inflated egocentric audience of celebrities. Too bad some celebrities cannot come down to earth and have as much compassion as our country artists.

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