Check out Toby Keith’s rehearsal for the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards. Toby Keith and ACM Lifting Lives will partner at the Awards for Keith’s performance of “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)” with Dave Koz in support of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), the charity selected this year by ACM Lifting Lives.
Keith will perform “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song),” a song he wrote in memory of his friend and fellow musician, Wayman Tisdale. A three-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma, former NBA player and accomplished jazz bassist, Tisdale passed away unexpectedly last May from complications resulting from the cancer treatments that had seemingly cured him. Keith wrote the song as a tribute to his friend, intending to play it at Tisdale’s funeral. The benefiting charity of this special show moment, SU2C, seemed like a perfect fit as the funds raised will go to cancer research.
Fans will be able to pre-order the performance on the iTunes Store today and download the audio and video of Keith’s performance following the show. All proceeds from downloads will benefit Stand Up To Cancer. SU2C’s mission is to accelerate groundbreaking cancer research – being conducted by teams of scientists from institutions across the country – that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. Viewers will also have the opportunity to donate at http://www.LiftingLives.org .
“Wayman was an amazing guy. In the song there’s a line that says ‘he showed us how to live and now he showed me how to die.’ Both of those were true. He didn’t frown on people for how they live, he led by example. He showed you how you’re supposed to live and he died with so much dignity,” said Keith. “I am happy to partner with ACM Lifting Lives and SU2C to donate proceeds of the performance downloads to support this important cause.”