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