The singer and songwriter behind the record Southern Symphony, Russell Dickerson, has a heart of gold that doesn’t go unnoticed. Throughout the years, Dickerson has brought joy into many lives with his diverse collection of songs, but now the Tennessee native is bringing his love for music and philanthropy together to help lift up fans who have encountered a challenging obstacle.
Dickerson’s heart-warming track “Home Sweet” was penned by the singer, Casey Brown and Lady A member Charles Kelley. Within the lyrics, the country star gets vulnerable and shares his meaning of “home.”
“Wherever you’re with your person, that’s home,” he told the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. “That’s what life is all about is having each other.”
The song captures his journey with his wife Kailey, from the time he got down on one knee to welcoming his first son, Remington in September of 2020. However, after working and meeting the Children of St. Jude’s hospital – the moving track has gained a new significance in his eyes. “Even a hospital can be home if it’s made to feel like one. Like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” says Dickerson.
— Russell Dickerson (@russelled) March 19, 2021
The country star shared how he was taken back by how well the hospital maintains a happy and healthy family dynamic. “Isn’t just about treating a disease but also tending to the emotional well-being of patients, parents, and even siblings,” he told St. Jude about his wonderful experience.
“It’s not just, ‘hey, come in and get treated.’ It’s, ‘hey, come in and we’ll make it feel like the least amount of uprooting, make it feel as normal as possible, just to preserve that ‘Home Sweet,’ really,” he describes the Memphis-based hospital.
To go along with the new meaning behind his lyrics, the star partnered with St. Jude to support their “Dream Home Giveaway,” in which the famous hospital will be giving away houses in more than 40 markets across the United States.
This is not the first time the artist gave away a grand prize to help someone in need. In late 2020, the singer donated a wheelchair-accessible car to a 17-year-old Utah girl who lost both her legs after getting hit by a drunk driver.