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Autism Organization places singer, songwriter in spotlight

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

October 6, 2013

NASHVILLE, TENN. - For one rising musical entertainer and song writer hailing from Warfield, Ky. who is currently paying her dues in the country music Capitol of the world as she tirelessly attempts to achieve “star status”, her dreams of success may come true faster than she had anticipated, thanks to the love and admiration she feels for a younger sibling with a disability.


Chelsea Stepp, an entertainer who recently signed with Lyrick Promotions, has been singing since the tender age of 5 and began testing the waters as a songwriter right at the time she reached the double digits of teen-hood. One of the songs she has always been the most proud of is entitled “Beautiful Blessing”, and tells Chelsea’s personal story of her youngest sister Cammi Stepp, who was diagnosed with Autism when she was just a toddler.


Recently, the song was heard by the right set of ears and was placed in the hands of the people who truly understand the complex disease and the hardships experienced by families who have an autistic child, that being “Autism Speaks”, the largest National Organization that spreads the word of this often misunderstood disease to the world, and raises funding to help find a cure.


Chelsea received notification this past week that “Autism Speaks” wanted to use the song she has written and recorded on their website that has over 1 million viewers annually, as well as on their Facebook page. Thrilled with the idea but yet humbled and touched because of the reason the song means so much to her, the 20 year-old entertainer told the Williamson Daily News during a phone interview that she had cried most of the afternoon.


‘I am ecstatic!”, said Chelsea. “I am so excited with the news but knowing that this break in the music industry is due to having my little sister in my life is the greatest feeling of all. There’s no way for me to really explain how thankful I am to have her in my life and the impact she has had on me.”


“She’s my hero - she truly is my “Beautiful Blessing”.


Chelsea has been invited to perform her song at the “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” event in Nashville, Tenn., where thousands congregate to support the organization. Her musical work of art will also be used as the theme song for the Malaysian Autism Council, a request that the artist received and agreed to on Thursday.


The rising star is scheduled to perform at the New York City headquarters for “Autism Speaks” within the next two weeks and will also be giving radio and television interviews on the subject of Autism and of the song, “Beautiful Blessing”.


Chelsea is the daughter of Ervin and Theresa Stepp of Martin County, Ky., and also has one other sister, Tori. Chelsea is a graduate of Sheldon Clark High School and completed 2 years at the Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., before taking a break from her studies to concentrate on her music career.


Although it appears that the bright lights of Nashville are beckoning the talented young lady to become a rising star in the musical industry and to place her former life in the rear-view mirror, Chelsea said that the most important thing in her life, which is her family, will never change and the love she feels for them will only continue to grow.


“The obstacles I have been trying to overcome in my career in order to achieve my goal are still nothing compared to those my little sister faces each and every day of her life, as well as all the other children in the world who are autistic,” stated Chelsea.


“My greatest wish is that one day, a cure will be found for Autism and no parents will ever have to hear that diagnosis again. Until then, I want to share my song with the world and remind the families effected by this disease that these wonderful children truly are “Beautiful Blessings.”


If you would like to hear the song that is spreading across the nation like a wildfire out of control, you are encouraged to visit the website www.autismspeaks.org, or search for their Facebook page under the same name. You may also purchase Chelsea’s latest CD entitled “Paper Airplane” that features “Beautiful Blessing” as the third song on the soundtrack at Amazon.com.