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Russell Dickerson goes from choir to CMA stage

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The CMA Music Festival is a huge event for fans, but it’s also big for the artists who work years for the chance to share their music.

One of those artists is Russell Dickerson, who grew up in Franklin and went to college at Belmont University.

The Knot, a popular wedding website, named Dickerson’s song Yours one of the best wedding songs of 2016.

Dickerson grew up surrounded by music. His family has filled the sanctuary at Nashville’s Woodmont Baptist Church for almost two decades.

Richard Dickerson, Russell’s father, is the music director. Carol Dickerson, Russell’s mother, plays piano.

“Church music, not only does it educate you musically with songs of faith and scripture, it also teaches you faith and fuels your soul,” Carol Dickerson said.

So it’s only natural that their son can carry a tune.

Last week, Russell Dickerson performed for audiences at the Grand Ole Opry.

“There’s only one debut,” Richard Dickerson said. “When you think about the thousands of people who’ve had the opportunity to stand in that circle and perform, it’s just a great experience.”

Russell Dickerson started writing his own music during his days at Belmont, where he also met his wife.

He knew he wanted to make music his career after he watched a special on country star Josh Turner, also a former Woodmont Baptist Church choir member.

“I just remember crying. Don’t know what came over me. I started crying, and it’s this realization that’s exactly what I want to do,” Russell Dickerson said.

Russell Dickerson launched his own label and produced his own video for Yours, a song about his wife. He then played the song to the right people at SiriusXM.

“Once they caught the vision, they added that to their playlist. And the next thing you know, video’s got a million views, sold 100,000 singles, got 12 million streams on Spotify,” Russell Dickerson said. “And this is only the beginning.”

The song has been on SiriusXM’s top 45 country songs for 26 weeks now.

Russell Dickerson said his foundation of faith, which began at Woodmont, is where his real fulfillment lies.

He will take the stage at Walk of Fame Park Saturday at 1:50 p.m. He will then sign autographs at Fan Fair X at 3 p.m.

Turner, whose documentary inspired Russell Dickerson, will play CMA Music Festival on Thursday and Friday.

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