"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!
"The ICAA Radio episode for 8/23/2012 was Shirley Levi, songstress, artist & activist. Shirley is on a mission to make the world a better place. Her bright spirit of hope, love and friendship is an inspiration and instant boost for the soul."
"Not to take anything from any of the other great guests, but Shirley has to be my favorite guest of all time now. It was like talking to a good friend. Listening to Shirley Levi is good for the spirit!"
"She's a very rare gem in this world."
"The stuff icons are made of."
"WOW! Great show! You're shining a light on the big, beautiful world. Thank YOU!"
"Thank You for your beautifully fierce voice. We will make it to DC."