Country music artist Sherrie Austin, Broken Bow Records announce donation to St. Jude

    (Memphis, Tennessee - August 20, 2003)


    Country music artist Sherrie Chase with a St. Jude patient

    Sherrie Austin autographs a photo for a St. Jude patient.


    The patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® welcomed country music artist Sherrié Austin today and learned the musician’s latest CD will help St. Jude continue its life-saving work. The Australian artist known for her songs, “Never Been Kissed,” “One Solitary Tear” and “Put Your Heart Into It,” along with representatives from her record label, Broken Bow Records, announced that 25 cents from the royalties generated by the sale of her CD, Streets of Heaven, will be donated to the hospital.

    The CD’s title track is an emotional song about a mother pleading with God on behalf of her sick child. Released earlier this summer, the single is already #28 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and #27 in R&R. It is generating a flood of e-mails, letters and calls to radio stations from people finding comfort in its message of faith.

    “The moment that ‘Streets of Heaven’ was written, my hope was that this song could help heal and comfort the families that are going through a similar situation,” said Austin. “Country music has always had such a wonderful relationship with St. Jude and I’m proud to contribute to the hospital’s excellent work.”

    “As Sherrié’s record label, we are delighted to join her in making this donation to St. Jude,” said Benny Brown, president and CEO of Broken Bow Records. “This is a fulfillment of her wish to bring tangible, positive results through her music.”

    In addition to the 25 cents that BBR and Austin will donate from each CD sale, Great American Country (GAC) will match that donation on each copy sold through its Web site, www.countrystars.com.

    Austin also plans to support St. Jude with non-monetary contributions. She will offer her support to Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® radiothon program, one of the largest fund-raisers for St. Jude. Austin has recorded radio liners for Country Cares, and her “Streets of Heaven” is used as a story song vignette on a Country Cares CD. Austin hopes to plan future visits to St. Jude, including a visit during the upcoming 15th annual Country Cares radio training seminar at the hospital in January 2004.

    “We are so fortunate to have such wonderful friends in the country music industry,” said Teri Watson, ALSAC/St. Jude Radio and Entertainment Marketing Director. “We’re excited and thankful for BBR and Sherrié’s partnership with St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer.”