"I have a very special place in my heart for autism. I've made it my mission to use the undeniable power of MUSIC and ART to reach out to all people and help raise awareness about autism. I've learned much by working with such special people and feel that music and art can best portray their special qualities and spirit. They deserve to have a voice. I choose to focus on their abundance of beauty and special qualities rather than focusing on their social disabilities because that is what shines through in my eyes. I've created a painting called, "MUSIC ON MY SHOULDER", based on a sketch of a dove made by a very special autistic and ARTISTIC woman I worked with named, Anne Marie. I wanted her to witness her talent manifested into a tangible reality. Her gifts inspired me to see way beyond her social disability. I also wrote a song about her special spirit. I believe that my song, "Anne Marie" will help others see the spirit of autism in the same light as I do. Music and art are a powerful tool in helping raise awareness of issues that surround us every day yet remain unseen. Personally, I also really believe that we must give special attention to those who are ALREADY HERE with autism and help them to nurture their special gifts instead of treating and seeing them from just a cold, technical, and medical perspective. THEY ARE SPECIAL AND THEY ARE HERE. Every one of them that I've worked with has had a very unique gift.
While it is great that we look for a cure and look at preventative measures, we must also give special attention to those who are ALREADY HERE and make sure that we nurture their special gifts and praise them with special and positive attention. Another part of this campaign is that we also help family members and others who are not in the autistic community the opportunity to recognize all the positive gifts these very special people can contribute to our society. I plan on exposing their talents, especially musicians, and believe that *their gift/work will speak for itself*. That is the goal of my campaign." ~ Shirley Levi
An exclusive interview with Shirley Levi on DC NOW RADIO. "She is giving a voice to those who feel that they have none!" - Cyrus Webb LISTEN HERE!
Autism Radio's show 'Hope Saves The Day' -
A special interview with Recording Artist/Activist Shirley Levi, founder of Music On My Shoulder, who has written the Autism Awareness Anthem "Anne Marie".
Shirley Levi in a special performance and interview for Autism Awareness Friday April 27th, 2012 on AZTECA AMERICA'S top-rated show "Entres Nos" @ 10am. Channel 54 & 47 in Los Angeles. Channel 15 in San Diego. Check you local listings for the channel in your area!!
PRESS RELEASE for the Celebrity VH1 Rock & Bowl Benefit for Autism. VH1 Classic's Rock Autism campaign is designed to help educate
parents and build awareness about autism, a complex neurobiological developmental disorder that lasts throughout a person's lifetime, and to raise funds for a variety of autism research, advocacy, and support organizations.
NME.COM first for music news, features Shirley Levi's TV appearance for Autism Awareness along with the latest music news and reviews, music videos and gossip.
Shirley Levi is named one of the TOP 20 MUSICIANS who support autism awareness, along with Beck, The Eels, Stereolab, The Googoo Dolls and The Vines!
"This innovative, multilingual artist is bursting with talent and she is using it to help promote Autism Awareness. Shirley's selfless and pure heart touches countless lives. Her love for persons with autism flows through her unique gifts as a singer, songwriter, artist and activist. Her soul/punk style, melodic voice and creative interpretation transcends cultural boundaries and reaches the next generation in a fresh, positive way, as proven by her 4+ million fans world wide. Shirley Levi will share with us the experiences, which embedded in her a deep passion for those affected with autism. She powerfully and graciously expresses her compassion for these special people through her Autism Awareness Campaign. We will be closing our program with her song entitled, "Anne Marie". A tribute to a gifted, artistic woman with autism, whose incredible friendship has defined the course of Shirley's life path. Listen, and be inspired by Shirley's courage to speak out for those who seemingly have no voice."