Russell Dickerson has been named the newest Artist Ambassador for the CMA Foundation.
He joins other Artist Ambassadors including Maddie & Tae, Lindsay Ell, Jimmie Allen and Ashley McBryde. This position will allow him to inspire students and teachers across the U.S. and spread awareness about the healing power of music. "My mom not only taught piano lessons after school, but she was also my fourth grade music teacher," Russell shares in an interview with People. He will be visiting with band students at his former high school, Centennial High in Franklin, Tennessee, in the coming weeks and hopes to "change the minds of decision-makers and shift their focus to music education and how important it is." When it comes to his own son, 8-month-old Remington, Russell says he plans to put him in music classes. "He's going to have piano lessons. If music isn't his thing, then that's a hundred percent fine," he says. "But I'm definitely going to lay out the path. I'm going to put as much music in his path that I can and just see where his passion leads him." Russell says that Remington received a set of baby instruments for Christmas and he seems to have taken to the drums so far.