Martin County singer makes debut with autism-awareness song

Last updated: November 12. 2013 10:16AM - 697 Views

Chelsea Stepp has been invited to perform her song in New York, Washington and Nashville.
Chelsea Stepp has been invited to perform her song in New York, Washington and Nashville.
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NASHVILLE — Kentucky-native and upcoming singer/songwriter Chelsea Stepp makes her debut with a very personal and emotional self-penned song “Beautiful Blessing,” written about her youngest sister Cammi, now 13 years old, who was diagnosed with Autism as a toddler.

“‘Beautiful Blessing’ is my best interpretation of how it must feel to be so misunderstood and in a place where you can’t just say how you feel,” says Chelsea. “The song could be about anybody with a disability who can’t exactly speak for themselves.”

The song and video were recently discovered by Autism Speaks, the world’s leading Autism advocacy organization, and was posted to the organization’s Facebook page and website www.AutismSpeaks.org. They also posted a feature on Chelsea and her story about “Beautiful Blessing.” The Kentucky-born singer has since been overwhelmed with thousands of messages of support from the Autism community around the world including Scotland, Dubai and the Autism Council in Malaysia who have requested to use “Beautiful Blessing” as the theme song for their organization.

“I want to thank Autism Speaks for helping me and helping so many people hear this song,” says Chelsea. “It’s a dream come true for me to have so many people get to hear this song and for saying what they couldn’t, themselves, put in to words. That means the world to me.”

In recent weeks, Chelsea has been invited by Autism Speaks to perform at events in New York City and Nashville. In addition, she was invited to perform “Beautiful Blessing” at “Autism Speaks To Washington,” the leading organization’s first-ever national and action policy summit in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Nov 13, which will bring together leaders from across the country including top Obama Administration officials, members of Congress, governors, prominent scientists and policy experts, key stakeholders, volunteers and activists to focus on a national strategy on autism.

“Beautiful Blessing,” co-written with singer/songwriter Britton Cameron, is one of eight songs on her debut album Paper Airplane which is available for download at Amazon and at iTunes now. The video for “Beautiful Blessing” can be seen on YouTube.

Chelsea Stepp, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Warfield, has been singing and performing since she was 5 years old. She was a semi-finalist in the local Kentucky singing competition “Country Music Highway Road to Fame” which brought her to the attention of PCG Nashville artist development program and asked to join by one of the judges. Chelsea, knowing it was going to take dedication and hard work, funded the recording of her debut album Paper Airplane with the help of her parents and her own entrepreneurism of selling ice cream for the past two summers out of her Dad’s old van that he helped convert for her.

To find out more about Chelsea Stepp you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

• Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ChelseaSteppMusic

• Twitter: @Chelsea_Stepp

• Instagram: http://instagram.com/chelseastepp

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