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Encino, CA (May 23, 2013) – Sweetwater Rain recently stopped by Curb Records to present ACM Lifting Lives®, the charitable arm of the Academy, with a $10,000 donation.  ACM Lifting Lives board members, President Bill Mayne and Vice President Lori Badgett, were on hand to accept the generous contribution.

Sweetwater Rain’s debut single, “Starshine” was released in the fall of 2012 which quickly climbed the Billboard charts to hit Billboard Top 50.  The music video for “Starshine” can be seen on GAC, CMT, and TCN and has garnered over 100,000 views on YouTube.  The trio is gearing up to release their sophomore single, “Pray For Me,” in the summer of 2013 while touring across the U.S.  For more information on the rising country music group and to stay up to date with tour dates, visit

Photo (L-R): Fred Stallcup, ACM Lifting Lives President Bill Mayne, ACM Lifting Lives Vice President Lori Badgett, Danny Rivera, Thomas Hewlett

Photo: Randi Radcliff/Courtesy of ACM Lifting Lives®

About ACM Lifting Lives

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Each year, ACM Lifting Lives provides funding to music-related therapy and education programs, including the organization’s flagship ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, a partnership since 2010 with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Nashville, TN. ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp is a week-long residential program open to individuals with Williams syndrome, talented in music from around the nation, and has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. Other Lifting Lives giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, and partnering with music artists to improve lives. For more information, please visit

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