Kentucky Singer Overwhelmed by Autism Community's Response to Her Song

Chelsea Stepp is thrilled to sing “Beautiful Blessing” about her sister with autism at Tennessee Walk Now for Autism Speaks

 

 

Chelsea Stepp, the 20-year-old singer from Kentucky whose moving song inspired by her sister with autism became a huge hit on social media after it was posted by Autism Speaks, said Thursday that the organization made her dreams come true by making it possible for so many families affected by autism to hear her song and that she has been overwhelmed by the autism community’s response.

Stepp also said she is thrilled to have been invited to sing her song, “Beautiful Blessing” at the Tennessee Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Nashville this Saturday, Oct. 5.

“It’s a dream come true for me for so many people to hear this song, and people are thanking me for writing it and for saying what they couldn’t put into words  and that means the world to me,” said Stepp, who tried out for “American Idol” in 2010. “When I saw the video posted on Autism Speaks’ Facebook page yesterday and all the comments, I cried for about 20 minutes. I was literally just an emotional wreck. It’s crazy that so many people saw it in one day. There have already been thousands of shares. Yesterday was probably one of the best days of my life. I want to thank Autism Speaks for helping me and helping so many people hear the song.”

Stepp said she is so excited to sing at the Tennessee Walk and tell the story behind “Beautiful Blessing” because she does not want to be known as just another singer but as an autism advocate.

She said one of the most moving comments she received on social media came from a mother who wrote, "Thank you for posting this song. My son is autistic and when he heard it he smiled and said, 'mom she understands me.' Another came from a mother who wrote, "I am crying as I write this. Thank you for putting into words what many don't understand."

“Beautiful Blessing” is one of eight songs featured on Stepp’s debut album, “Paper Airplane," which was released last month. She co-wrote the song with singer/songwriter Britton Cameron who also produced her new album in his Nashville studio. Cameron worked with Stepp as part of PCG Nashville’s artist development program. After making it into the top 10 of the Kentucky singing competition “Country Music Highway Road to Fame,” she was asked to join the PCG Nashville program by one of the judges. But because she didn’t win she still had to foot the bill for the album, which she did with help from her parents and by selling ice cream for the past two summers out of her father’s old van.

Stepp said that while "Beautiful Blessing" is inspired by her sister Cammi – who at 13 continues to face major challenges with behavior, social development and communication but also has demonstrated a savant ability of knowing the day of the week of any date past, present or future – the song could be about “anybody with a disability who can’t exactly speak for themselves.”

She said she tried to convey how she thinks Cammi feels about her struggles in the lyrics and the chorus, “Beautiful Blessing, Beautiful Curse” because she knew that if she did, other people could relate to the song. “Just like the song says, it’s a blessing and a curse at the same time for Cammi and for the family as a whole because you have those moments where it’s really a struggle but just having her and being able to help her is the blessing of it all.”

 

 

 

This is another video of Stepp performing "Beautiful Blessing" but with an introduction about her sister Cammi and autism. Stepp's album is available for download on Amazon and iTunes. You can also visit Stepp’s Facebook page to request a copy of the album at www.facebook.com/ChelseaSteppMusic. Below are the full lyrics of Beautiful Blessing":

You mean what you say, just can't say what you mean
Bottled up inside your head, and bursting at the seams
Trapped inside a world that's all your own
Your thoughts roll in like waves crashing on the shore
Time is ticking, time is ticking, time to pace the floor
Back and fourth to find the place where you belong 

Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse
Things could be better, but things could be worse
Give me your heaven, give me your hurt
Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse

Act like I understand, but if I told the truth
I couldn't stand as tall if I were in your shoes
Everyone needs a hero, and here you are

Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse
Things could be better, but things could be worse
Give me your heaven, give me your hurt
Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse

It's all those things you've never had you'll never miss
But I would give anything if I could change this

Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse
Things could be better, but things could be worse
Give me your heaven, give me your hurt
Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse
Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse