Country artists Gloriana, Billy Dean, Bucky Covington, Tyler Barham, and Austin Webb, along with Contemporary Christian and Latin Pop artist Jaci Velasquez, will perform individual acoustic sets at the event. Joining these artists in the performance line-up are Katie Chance, 15, and Logan Blade, 21, both diagnosed with autism when they were 2-years-old. Chance serves as the Junior Ambassador for Autism Speaks Tennessee Community as well as being an accomplished singer. Blade, with his perfect pitch and incredible ear for music, has performed at the NATO convention in Norfolk, Va., The Autism Speaks Walk in Nashville, and on stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
Celebrity host Evan Farmer is emceeing the event for the second year in a row.
“We are so excited to host this event for the second year, featuring such an amazing lineup of artists and musicians, who are so graciously giving their time and talent to support such an important cause,” says Autism Speaks Regional Director, Kathy Streng. “Autism awareness is key to bringing the much needed acceptance this community deserves. We are very grateful for the continued out-pouring of caring and generous support from this wonderful community.”
Autism Sings! will take place October 1, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. in the upstairs room at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville. Doors open at 6 pm with music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple and are available for purchase at www.kintera.org. Additional donations will also be accepted on-site.
Over the past five years, Autism Speaks has given back more than $2 million to the state of Tennessee. Funds are used to support local research, science grants, community grants, AutismCares grants, Baker Camp Scholarships and various toolkits that are available for free, including the 100-Day Kit, developed to provide much needed support to families during the initial diagnosis period.