JOHNNY ORR Shares Heartache Of Autism & Hope

JOHNNY ORR Shares Heartache Of Autism & Hope For Future In New Single & Video,
“We’ll Get By” 

Release Coincides With Autism Awareness Month; A Portion Of All Proceeds Benefit Blooming With Autism 
Credit  Jason Roberson

Nashville, TN / Raleigh, NC (April 7, 2014) – Singer/songwriter JOHNNY ORR shares the heartache of Autism and the hope for a cure in his new single and video, “We’ll Get By (The Autism Song).”  The release coincides with Autism Awareness Month and the track is available for purchase now on iTunes.  The single is available to radio via CDX Vol. 592  and Airplay Direct.  A portion of the song’s proceeds benefit Blooming With Autism, an organization founded in 2011.  BWA‘s
goals are to unite the Autism Community and provide the tools,
resources, awareness and advocacy necessary for families affected by the
condition.
Even those untouched by Autism cannot help but be moved – and inspired – by Orr’s poignant lyrics:
Maybe I don’t speak too well, but I’m coming outta my shell
And I like playing by myself if you can’t tell
I like to go to school, yeah I’m a miracle, and I’m glad to be alive
If you’ll wait patiently, well then eventually,
I will understand the words that you’re saying to me
My Autism, is like a prison, that I’m in 
“A friend of mine asked me to write the song in 2012,” recalls Orr,
a North Carolina native.  “Candi Spitz and I became friends on
Facebook, and she has twin sons who are autistic.”  Spitz, now the
Vice-President of Blooming With Autism, believed that a
commercially-released song would help further Autism education – and as a
motivated mother she wasn’t shy in asking Orr for his help.  “Awareness
is key, and I believe Johnny’s song will open a lot of eyes,” she
says. 
“It
actually took a little over a year before anything came to me,” notes
Johnny.  “But I woke up one morning with the first couple of lines just
dancing in my head.”  A short while later, after researching more about
the developmental disorder, Orr finished the song.  For Spitz, hearing
the song for the first time was a moment she will never forget.  “God placed these lyrics in his heart,” she states.  “Even though I have listened to this song at
least a thousand times I still can’t make it through without crying.” 
For Candi, they are tears of happiness, tears of sadness – and tears
because, for her, it is real.  
Her
six-year-old sons, Brendan and Jaden, were born perfectly healthy;
however, within hours of receiving their 12-month vaccines they started
acting “odd.”  A few days later, it appeared that the boys were back to
normal.  But things were far from normal and by the age of 17 months the
twins were regressing; losing the ability to walk, talk or feed
themselves.  The boys would no longer make eye contact and they began
rocking back and forth for at least 12 hours a day.  For Spitz, her
babies were “gone.”  Candi fought back the only way she knew how, by
spending hours every day in research, planning and prayer.  While her
sons were in therapy at least eight hours a day, she became actively
involved in the Autism Community.  Now, after years of treatment, the
family enjoys more days of progress than regression, and more smiles
than tears. 
Having this single and video released is another move forward for Candi. 
“We’ll Get By (The Autism Song)” is from Orr’s forthcoming EP, DOWN SOUTH (John & John Entertainment).   
ABOUT JOHNNY ORR BAND
North Carolina is known for the creative musical talent it has sent to the world stage, and Raleigh’s Johnny Orr Band is next on that list.  JOB has
opened for Kenny Chesney, the Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Gretchen
Wilson, Parmalee, Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr, Jason Michael Carroll and
more.  In 2012 the band won the prestigious American Country Star
talent competition in Nashville.  Formed in 2007, the group is led by
dynamic vocalist and main songwriter Johnny Orr with rock-solid support
from longtime cohorts Gino Latarulo on guitars and vocals, Jack Getz on
bass and vocals and Bill Eagen on drums.  Orr’s musical influences range
from classic rockers to Country legends, including Van Halen, Boston,
Edwin McCain, Kenny Rogers, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp and Bryan
Adams. 
ABOUT BLOOMING WITH AUTISM (http://www.bloomingwithautism.org/)
Founded by Jodi Goldberg in 2011, Florida’s Blooming With Autism
promotes the importance of exposing children with Autism to various
forms of therapy: from traditional ABA, Speech and OT to non-traditional
Music, Art, Karate, Tennis, Gymnastics, and more.  The organization
also recognizes the high demand for therapy tools such as iPads,
weighted blankets, assisted learning devices, adaptive bicycles, and
more.  Due to financial constraints most families are unable to provide
these therapy tools for their children and the BWA mission is to ensure that all families have these resources available to them.  Every child can bloom!

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