NASHVILLE – As part of the University of South Carolina’s Carolina Promise campaign, USC alum and country music artist Julie Roberts has written and recorded “Sweet Carolina,” a special song honoring her home state and beloved University.
According to USC, the Carolina Promise campaign is its “Commitment – or promise – to students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and the communities we serve that we will continue to lead the way to improve the quality of life for all in our state and world. Regarding specific goals, Carolina’s Promise will raise much-needed funding for undergraduate, graduate and professional student scholarships, for promising faculty research and excellence in teaching, for innovative, relevant programs that will help solve some of society’s biggest issues, and for creating a modern, state-of-the-art learning and living environment through facilities and technologies that ensures our students’ success.”
Roberts is a witness to the University’s promise and the academic and personal frameworks it builds.
“I went to the University of South Carolina-Lancaster my first two years of college and received an amazing education and strong foundation for the rest of my life,” she says. “I was raised a Gamecock fan and most of my family are graduates from the University of South Carolina.”
Co-written and produced by Jason Collum, “Sweet Carolina” gives Roberts a way to help out the campaign and honor the place she calls home.
“Writing this song for the University felt like something I was supposed to do,” she says. “The University has given my family so much and I wanted to help this campaign in a way that I could, so I wrote and recorded ‘Sweet Carolina.’ It was fun thinking about the University, the students, the Gamecock fans, the alumni, the sporting events, and everything that makes me proud to call Carolina my home!”
Roberts will perform the song live May 10 in Columbia, S.C., at the official kick-off for the Carolina Promise campaign. The event will be streamed live online at http://giving.sc.edu/
The song is available now through digital retailers iTunes and CD Baby. The “Sweet Carolina” release is packaged with the original song, an acoustic mix, as well as instrumental versions. Roberts plans to donate a portion of all sales to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity she is passionate about.
Fans can also expect a special music video featuring the recording of the song to be released soon. For up-to-date information, visit http://JulieRoberts.com