On March 27, 2023, Annie Bosko was just settling into a co-write session on Music Row when she heard the tragic news of the Covenant School shooting in Nashville, just a few short miles away. In disbelief, yet through an attempt to process the heaviness, Bosko and Danny Myrick put pen to paper. The heart-healing “Dandelions” poured out almost divinely and is now available in hope of inspiring further healing.
Stone Country Records will be donating all proceeds from the song to ACM Lifting Lives to support mental health services for Covenant School families, faculty and staff.
“I truly believe ‘Dandelions’ was divinely orchestrated, meant to serve a purpose,” shares Bosko. “Our hope is it brings peace and healing to those who are dealing with loss. Stone Country Records is such an incredible label partner as it was never even a question if we would donate the proceeds, they only asked ‘how can we have the most impact?’ After witnessing firsthand the healing power of music during my visit at The Covenant School and the Scruggs’ family home, to find a mindful partner like ACM Lifting Lives to support the Covenant Community in getting access to mental health services is a blessing.”
Bosko first debuted the song at a gathering for some of the school’s families earlier this year where she saw firsthand the healing power of music. With students and friends of lost loved ones surrounding her and joining in on the chorus, it was that coming together that inspired her to share it wider.
The dandelion captures the essence of a lifetime of wishes, and with that in mind, Bosko provides a powerful image of hope:
If God picks dandelions
I know why He picked you
Bet you’re making all His wishes come true
They say He’s got perfect timin'
Maybe so but I’m still dyin'
Cuz I lost my whole heart when I lost you
How I wish He hadn’t picked you so soon
Tune in tomorrow, Aug. 19 at 9/8c on Circle Network for “Music Heals: A Night of Support for Nashville’s Covenant School.”
About ACM Lifting Lives®:
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic partner of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. We harness the strength of the Country Music community to provide aid in times of need, with a focus on health-related initiatives. With generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives has funded national music therapy programs serving various mental and physical health organizations. Recipients include patients at children’s hospitals and other healthcare facilities, recovering veterans, people with Williams syndrome, and individuals with mental illness. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.