Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless To Judge COPD Songwriting Competition

From the press release: BILLY RAY CYRUS AND PATTY LOVELESS CALL ON AMERICANS TO 'TUNE UP FOR COPD' IN NEW SONGWRITING COMPETITION Winner Earns Opportunity to Perform at CMA Music Festival Ridgefield, CT-The DRIVE4COPD national public health initiative today announced that it is partnering with the Country Music Association (CMA) to launch the Tune Up For COPD Songwriting Competition, featuring Country Music stars Billy Ray Cyrus and Patty Loveless. The competition challenges Americans to create a new DRIVE4COPD song to help raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Last year, Loveless wrote the campaign anthem, 'Drive,' in honor of her sister Dottie, who died of COPD when she was only 48 years old. In line with the DRIVE4COPD mission, Tune Up for COPD asks amateur songwriters to write a song with a motivational message that encourages people to be proactive in taking control of their lives and be healthy. The winner will have the opportunity to perform his or her song live at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June 2011. In addition, fans can log onto DRIVE4COPD.COM to view and vote on entries. A "fan favorite" song, determined by the highest number of online votes, will be showcased online. "I learned at an early age from my grandfather, who was a pastor, both the impact COPD symptoms have on one's life and the power of a person's voice. And I've taken those lessons with me throughout the years," said Cyrus, the newest celebrity to become a DRIVE4COPD Ambassador. "I know music motivates people to take action, and that's why I'm asking America to help us find the next great song to... Sign In to Keep Reading

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